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Immigration update podcast, episode 62


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Welcome to the February 2019 edition of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. This month we start with a quick discussion of deprivation of citizenship in the context of the Shamima Begum case before tackling some of the case law on asylum (in particular Sri Lanka for some reason). Then to legal aid, where there’s good news for practitioners seeking to backdate a certificate but the government confirmed that the major cuts to legal aid of recent years will remain in place. We then touch on a couple of cases about taking an asylum appeal before looking to Brexit (now T-minus a couple of weeks). Finally, a quick mention for some new research from us on Home Office enforcement of right to work fines.

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The downloadable 25-minute audio podcast follows the running order below:


The Home Secretary can legally deprive Shamima Begum of her citizenship – but he shouldn’t


Immigration judge tried to change his mind after granting child’s asylum appeal

How to use the new country guidance case on Iranian Kurdish asylum seekers

Don’t forget about Article 8 in asylum cases

Dublin III family reunion for refugees who have become British citizens

Anonymous war crimes evidence against Sri Lankan government does not create a risk of persecution

Asylum judges can second-guess Sri Lanka country guidance

Legal aid

Some relief for legal aid lawyers as government concedes payment for backdated work

Immigration legal aid cuts to remain in place following major government review


Home Office consent required for appeal relying on new category of Immigration Rules

“Fairness” in immigration cases is overrated says Court of Appeal

Brexit and EU

Sweeping new immigration regulations herald the end of free movement

Briefing: how criminal convictions affect settled status for EU citizens 

Extended family members: no residence card, no rights

No job required to export child benefit, Court of Justice holds


Roughly half of all illegal working fines appealed or evaded

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.