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Immigration update podcast, episode 103

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Welcome to episode 103 of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. This month — the first in something like five years flying solo — I’m starting with some material on asylum and trafficking then quickly going over a bit of immigration and nationality history and why it matters today, before moving onto various bits of Home Office news and then ending with a couple off items on deportation and foreign national offenders.

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The 20-minute podcast follows the running order below.

Asylum

Do political beliefs need to be genuinely held to get asylum?

Greek pushback operation violated right to life of 11 people drowned

When is exploitation a “commercial activity”? Supreme Court decides Basfar v Wong

Syrian refugee loses High Court bid to get immigration appointment fee refunded (mention)

Borders inspector slams “ineffective and inefficient” response to small boats (mention)

History

On this day 60 years ago, the first Commonwealth Immigrants Act came into effect

New law significantly expands possibilities for claiming British citizenship through a grandparent

Home Office

Section 3C leave is not there to get people to ten years’ lawful residence

Home Office offering extensions to people denied settlement (mention)

£17,500 awarded for 40 days of unlawful detention during the pandemic (mention)

In-country fee waivers: who qualifies and what does the Home Office guidance say? (mention)

Deportation

GPS tagging of foreign offenders “not yet achieving its aims” (mention)

Supreme Court pronounces on “unduly harsh” deportation test, again

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Colin Yeo

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.

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