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Immigration roundup podcast: September 2023


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Our September roundup is here, featuring the latest statement of changes and new parts of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 being brought into force. We also discuss the Brook House inquiry, the Rwanda litigation, new immigration fees and illegal working fines and have an impromptu book club. 

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The 40 minute podcast follows the running order below. Following feedback from our reader survey, we have included timestamps.

Policy (00:40)

Home Office accounts show additional £3 billion unbudgeted asylum expenditure

Will the Illegal Migration Act stop the Home Office raid on international aid funds?

Theresa May even now doesn’t understand why the Windrush scandal happened

India Free Trade Agreement: negotiators should prioritise time and cost ahead of more visas

Asylum (07:50)

The Rwanda litigation: who is arguing what in the Supreme Court?

LGBT+ people face persecution and are no less deserving of protection

Age assessments: how to challenge a negative decision

Home Office to start non-therapeutic scientific testing on children

First-tier Tribunal finds that UN Agency is unable to provide protection and assistance to a severely disabled Palestinian child

Safe routes for refugees: how does it work in Spain?

Court of Appeal quashes conviction of person trafficked in the UK as a child

Detention (21:00)

Illegal Migration Act 2023: expanded detention powers to be brought into force

Brook House: racist, violent and dangerous

Immigration (27:50)

Statement of changes HC 1780: restrictions on administrative review and expansion of Youth Mobility Scheme

Home Office redacts over a hundred sections of new report on insider threat to Border Force

New immigration application fees from 4 October 2023

New illegal working fines will not stop Channel crossings but will bankrupt small businesses

Updated articles (35:00)

How to apply for a UK spouse or partner visa

Refugee family reunion: a user’s guide

General grounds for refusal: criminal convictions, public good, character, conduct and associations

Immigration rules for visitors to the United Kingdom

What is the difference between refugee status and humanitarian protection?

What is the no recourse to public funds condition?

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Sonia Lenegan

Sonia Lenegan is an experienced immigration, asylum and public law solicitor. She has been practising for over ten years and was previously legal director at the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and legal and policy director at Rainbow Migration. Sonia is the Editor of Free Movement.