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It had escaped my attention that Free Movement was four years old on 7 March 2011. The first ever post was published on that day, entitled Overstayers and illegal entrants. The Home Secretary was Dr Reid. How long ago that all feels! Since then 365 posts have been published, the site has had nearly 820,000 hits, the average number of views each weekday is around 1,500, there are coming up to 700 email subscribers and Free Movement has acquired 285 Twitter followers. Astonishingly, there have been 2,593 comments left on the blog.

Other than the home page, the most popular post of the last four years was on the Cambridge College of Learning (20,954 views), followed by Long residence rules (11,554 views) and Another legacy cases update (10,589 views). Looking at the last year only, interest has clearly waned in CCL but long residence and legacy move into the top two spots with 4,410 and 4,351 views respectively, followed by Zambrano in third place with 2,916, despite having only been published a few weeks ago.

I know that a lot of immigration lawyers, Home Office staff and Immigration Judges read this blog but it seems clear from the interest in issues affecting immigrants most directly than many others come here to find information. Right from the very start, this was the mixed purpose of the blog.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all continue to find it useful.

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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.


11 Responses

  1. Yes Happy Birthday!!

    May you carry on until you are old and greyer!! ….and when the Immigration Acts are all binned!!?

  2. FM

    Belated happy 4th birthday; your blog was born one day after Ghana’s 50th independance day.

    I personally found the most interesting posts being on EC38 and Metock, followed closely by the above mentioned and very recent Zambrano (which came out one day after the blog’s 4th Birthday).

    Keep the interesting posts coming, and we’ll keep reading and commenting !

  3. Happy birthday, and to let you know that you are doing a very nice job, please keep it up.

  4. are you FM? I didnt know that..so…thanks for sharing your knowledge and your soundbites, very best wishes to you.
    it just goes to show that even when the whole tree is ‘rotten’ its still possible to find a golden apple..
    happy birthday!

  5. I missed your 4th! Happy birthday – I remember when you started. Always a cracking blog (and I’m jealous of your readership stats…)