Legal Matters


Sham Marriages – The Latest

Sham marriages have been for long a scourge and a means by which people traffickers and other criminals earn illicit fortunes for arranging them. Recent changes in the law have made it necessary to issue a new briefing paper on the subject, superseding the three previous papers, 8.13, 8.38 and 8.49. At the same time […]

28th April 2011 (Legal Matters)

Removal And The Rights Of Children

In a recent case ZH (Tanzania) v, Secretary of State for the Home Department the Supreme Court considered the case of a Tanzanian woman who had been in the United Kingdom for 15 years, who had, in the court’s own words, “an appalling immigration history” and who was resisting an order for her removal to […]

25th February 2011 (Legal Matters)

Proposals To Charge Fees For Immigration And Asylum Appeals

The Ministry of Justice has recently published a consultation paper on proposals to start charging fees for certain categories of appeals against adverse decisions by the UK Border Agency on asylum and immigration applications. Such appeals are heard in the first instance by the First Tier Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber and by the Upper […]

4th November 2010 (Asylum, Legal Matters)

The Immigration Appeals System Revised – 2010 Version

This Briefing Paper 8.30 substantially amends and brings up to date the previous version dated March 2005 (now deleted), taking account of recent changes in the law Introduction 1 The immigration appeals system has undergone major changes twice in recent years. Until April 2005 there was a two tier system, the first tier consisting of […]

16th March 2010 (Asylum, Legal Matters, Policy, Refugees)

Migrationwatch Migrationwatch Comment On Gla Report On Illegal Immigration Issued On 16 June, 2009.

‘These are very expensive proposals which would only make a bad situation worse. On the report’s own figures they would cost £300m in bureaucracy and £3m a week in benefits (our figure is £10m a week. See also Briefing Paper 11.11 – The True Cost of an Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants). It would also cost […]

A Survey Of European Asylum Policy And Legislation By Geoffrey Fitchew

Introduction 1. This paper describes and assesses the development of EU policy and legislation on asylum issues, since the Treaty of Amsterdam, adopted in 1997, first gave the EU institutions powers of legislation on this subject. The first part of the paper summarises the developments in the powers of the EU institutions to legislate on […]

Nhs Treatment For Failed Asylum Seekers

This issue came before the Court of Appeal in a judicial review case, Regina (A) v. Secretary of State for Health in an appeal by the Secretary of State against an adverse ruling in the High Court. A full report is on the Court of Appeal’s website and a summary was published in The Times […]

5th May 2009 (Asylum, Health, Legal Matters)

Legislative Developments

In September 2008 Briefing Paper 8.28, summarising the contents of the Draft (Partial) Immigration and Citizenship Bill, gave an account of the Bill’s contents and of the views on it which we submitted to the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons…… … There is now before Parliament a Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, […]

Immigration: Bbc Radio 4: Beyond Westminster

Radio 4’s Beyond Westminster (1100 hrs – 1130 hrs Saturday, 10 January 2009) discussed whether the record levels of immigrants are something to be celebrated or deplored and how far things will be changed by the looming recession The BBC’s Andrew Rawnsley first questioned Migrationwatch’s Chairman, Sir Andrew Green, about why his organisation is alarmed […]

Sir Andrew Green: Yet Another Newspaper Apology

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s article, “These bigots imperil our nation’s future“, which appeared in The Independent on 29 September, 2008 made allegations against Migrationwatch’s Chairman, Sir Andrew Green. The paper has now acknowledged the allegations were untrue.

19th December 2008 (Legal Matters)

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