Legal Matters


Come Off It, Professor

Jonathan Portes has falsely accused Migration Watch UK of lying. Professor Portes is wrong and his accusation is false. This is a familiar tactic of his when he disagrees with or disapproves of any argument. As historian Niall Ferguson wrote in a powerful Spectator article in 2015, he seeks, ‘to undermine an irrefutable argument by […]

15th September 2017 (European Union, Legal Matters, Policy)

Humanitarian Protection And The Current Asylum Crisis

1.The following is the definition of humanitarian protection in legal briefing paper 174: HUMANITARIAN PROTECTION If a person’s application for asylum is refused consideration must be given immediately as to whether he qualifies for humanitarian protection under paragraph 339C of the Immigration Rules.  If he is to qualify he must show that there are substantial […]

22nd September 2015 (Asylum, Human Rights, Legal Matters, Policy, Refugees)

Asylum Outcomes In The Uk

The Home Office produces an annual ‘cohort analysis’ of asylum claims permitting a comprehensive understanding of what eventually happened to the people who claimed asylum in the UK in a particular year. This short blog will outline the outcomes of the 2012 asylum cohort.  Data is available for the 2013 cohort however around one third […]

14th August 2015 (Asylum, Human Rights, Legal Matters)

Lessons From Calais

The most effective way to tackle the crisis in Calais is to tackle the motivation of the migrants who seem so determined to get across the channel. That is the conclusion of a report issued by Migrationwatch today. The report concludes that the main motivation to cross the channel is not to seek asylum (France […]

Minimum Income Requirement

The Court of Appeal in the recent case of MM v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ. 985 had to consider the minimum income requirement introduced into the Immigration Rules in June 2012.  Previously the requirement for the issue of a marriage visa, as set out in Rule 281 was that […]

22nd July 2014 (Family, Legal Matters, Policy)

Immigration Act 2014 – Article 8 Echr

Public interest considerations 14 July 2014  1          There has been much concern in recent years about the number of cases in which convicted foreign criminals have been able to frustrate  decisions to remove or deport them from the United Kingdom by reliance in appeals against such decisions on Article 8 of the European Convention on […]

18th July 2014 (European Union, Legal Matters)

House Of Lords Select Committee On The Constitution Findings On The Immigration Bill

The Select Committee brings three clauses of the Immigration Bill to the attention of the house.  Read the Full Briefing Paper No 8.76

19th March 2014 (Legal Matters)

Fraudulently Obtained Visas

There are reports in today’s newspapers of fraud on an industrial scale by which applicants for student visas are enabled to arrange for fluent English speakers to present them for the purpose of being tested on their proficiency in English.  It will be the subject of a Panorama programme on 10 February. Any applicant indulging […]

Proceeds Of Crime Act Successfully Used Against An Employer Of Illegal Immigrants

Section 15 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 prescribes civil penalties which may be imposed by the Home office on employers found to have been employing illegal immigrants, i.e. people who have no leave to remain in the UK, whose leave has expired or who have leave but whose leave is subject to […]

28th September 2013 (Legal Matters)

Operation Nexus

This is the title of an operation launched by the Metropolitan Police in September 2012 which has recently attracted a certain amount of media attention. The object of it is to use deportation as a sanction against foreign unconvicted criminals. Deporting convicted criminals is not usually a problem, subject to the operation of Article 8 […]

27th June 2013 (Legal Matters)

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