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Immigration update podcast, episode 76


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Welcome to episode 76 of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. This month we start with an important case concerning the hostile environment and the latest hardline deportation decisions. We then discuss immigration detention, including a case on the impact of coronavirus, before covering benefits, removals of migrants with children, immigration tribunal procedure and some mild controversy involving First-tier Tribunal judges.

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The downloadable 29-minute podcast follows the running order below:

Hostile environment

Government wins Right to Rent appeal


Deportation of Royal Marine with 14 years’ service upheld on appeal

Another deportation appeal founders on the “unduly harsh” test


Judgment published in Detention Action coronavirus case

Chief Inspector blasts Home Office operation of Adults at Risk policy


High Court blow for EU citizens with pre-settled status trying to claim Universal Credit


Reasonableness, removals and children back in Court of Appeal spotlight

Upper Tribunal reminds visitors not to try and stay in the UK permanently


What happens when a variation application is invalid?

People who lie to the Home Office are unlikely to get indefinite leave to remain

Fellow worshippers can’t give “expert evidence” on religious conversion, tribunal holds


Judge rebuked for adjourning case during cross-examination

Costs against the tribunal after it tries to ban solicitors from Birmingham

And finally

Not unfair to proceed with hearing after appellant’s lawyer stormed out, tribunal finds

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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.