Weekly Immigration News Digest 31st March – 6th April 2018

By Annabel Stuart-Bourne Immigration Law Solicitor Linkedin
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6 April 2018

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.

Home Office letter nudges asylum seekers to return home | The Guardian | 2.4.18

The Home Office has started including information on returning home in their letters to asylum seekers concerning the date of their asylum interview. Previously this information was only given out after an application was rejected. This may well increase the anxiety of those applying for asylum, and it enforces the ‘hostile environment’ which the government has set out to create. Although a spokesperson for the Home Office has claimed that the letter serves to present all the options open to the asylum seeker, concerns have been raised regarding its effect on the mental health of individuals such as victims of torture. The Home Office is lacking a crucial sensitivity in dealing with the most vulnerable in society. Read the full article…

Theresa May could be forced to give up her 100,000 a year immigration target | Daily Mail | 2.4.18

In the interest of securing a better trade deal with the EU, ministers are urging Theresa May to be more lenient on immigration. The Prime Minister is in fact in the minority, wanting to keep net migration below 100,000/year. Read the full article…

Immigration BETRAYAL: UK to make it EASIER for EU migrants to stay in Britain after Brexit | Express | 1.4.18

This article responds to the policy paper regarding procedures for immigrants post-Brexit, claiming that it implies migrants will find it easier to secure permanent settled status in the UK after leaving the EU, than previously vocalised by ministers. It highlights May’s plans to introduce ‘a presumption to grant rather than refuse’ settled status. Whitehall suspect that this leniency will attract more applicants during the transition period. The article criticises the government for ‘refusing’ to explain how a new visa system for EU migrants might work. The way in which it discusses the policy paper suggests that those who voted to leave are being ‘betrayed’ by such plans for immigration. Read the full article… (Policy paper broken down…)

‘It’s terrifying’: How ‘Brexit day’ is leaving London’s EU nationals fearing for their futures | Evening Standard | 29.3.18

This article follows a few Londoners who have moved to the UK permanently from other EU countries, documenting their fears and anxiety of Brexit and its implications. Although a recent policy paper stated that those who have five years of continuous residence are eligible to apply for permanent settled status, a campaign group has expressed concerns that many may be unable to prove their credentials. Read the full article…

EU leaders accused of not protecting citizens’ rights in Brexit deal | The Guardian | 21.3.18

Tusk has been criticised for not protecting citizens from the consequences of Brexit, despite the fact that he claimed he would do just that in a speech to European political leaders. This has raised fears amongst those in Britain who are likely to be affected by Brexit, and MEPs have written to the Brexit secretary, questioning the government’s attitude towards and concerns about citizens’ rights; yet more uncertainty for migrants post-Brexit. Read the full article…