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In case you missed it: the week in immigration news


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Free Movement’s pick of the past week’s media reporting on immigration and asylum.

Theresa May’s government reached agreement with the European Commission on a first stage Brexit deal, which covers citizens’ rights (charmingly painted by the Telegraph as “the price of freedom”). Brexiteers are already offering interpretations of the deal that are odds with those of the government and the EU-27 (BBC News), and the European Parliament has its own reservations (Politico). Even if the package is approved by the European Council this week, there may be trouble ahead.

It comes too late for some. The Guardian hears from EU citizens who have left the UK, and why.

Labour’s immigration policy is in no serious danger of becoming clear. The latest formulation from shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer is “easy movement” for EU migrants (the i), but two other MPs warn that liberal policies will requires “to have arguments with some of its own voters” (Guardian).

That outlet also carries a humbling account from a child refugee who was told that his asylum appeal had been allowed. “I didn’t know what ‘allowed’ meant”, Ahsanullah Ahsa told reporters.

Hard on the heels of last week’s story about the rape complainant arrested for questioning over her immigration status comes a Guardian report of a Polish man detained after reporting a crime.

“Hundreds of landlords have been fined in a government crackdown on illegal immigration”, the Express approvingly reports. The story refers to a rise in private sector tenancies caught by Right to Rent provisions.

“An Afghan interpreter who was due to be deported imminently has had his removal from the UK halted after the High Court ordered he be released from detention”, according to the Independent, which had been following the case closely.

Finally, another helpful intervention on immigration detention following the Bar Council’s recent and highly critical report. The British Medical Association has called immigration removal centres to be phased out on health grounds (Guardian).

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