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Immigration roundup podcast: June 2023


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This month Sonia and I discuss the Rwanda judgment (we’re saving that to the end as our good news story), a couple of fairly lengthy immigration and asylum history blog posts I’ve been working on for  a while, several asylum developments and also our Refugee Week content, some procedural updates, a bunch (carousel?) of cases and a few other things too. There’s quite a lot to go over, so we’re just highlighting some of it rather than going into much depth.

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The podcast follows the running order below.


A short guide to the legal position and history of the Windrush generation

A short history of refugees coming to Britain: from Huguenots to Ukrainians


Last traces of Nationality and Borders Act 2022 erased with abandonment of “differentiated status” for refugees

Data shows Ukrainians in the UK continue to face homelessness crisis

Is Rishi Sunak’s “Stop The Boats” plan really working?

Rwanda impact assessment looks hopelessly optimistic

United Nations Refugee Agency identifies problems in asylum screening processes

Refugee week

Briefing: the state of the UK asylum system   

What is the legal definition of a “refugee”?

Should refugees claim asylum in the first safe country they reach?


Preparing foreign language witness statements

So-called mandatory grounds for refusal will not always be mandatory


Briefing: the Seasonal Worker visa

Reaction economy: the Home Office’s use of social media

Will I need Electronic Travel Authorisation to enter the UK?

Briefing: what is the Common Travel Area and how does it work?


New country guidance on Democratic Republic of the Congo

Scottish inquiry finds immigration detention centre death was avoidable

Supreme Court finds golden visa scheme unlawful

Trafficking victims wrongly denied financial support in lockdown

Court declines to take legal guardianship of refugee children missing from hotels

Court of Appeal finds Rwanda plan unlawful as Rwanda is not a safe third country

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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.