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Immigration update podcast, episode 47


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Welcome to the November 2017 edition of the Free Movement immigration update podcast. This month I cover a few bits of immigration news, several cases on detention and then run through some other case law. I end with a mention for some new explainer pieces we put together.

The material is all drawn from the November 2017 blog posts on Free Movement.

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The main content of the downloadable 25 minute audio podcast follows the (non chronological) order of content below:


The “hostile environment” seeps into criminal trials: defendants must state nationality or face prison

Asylum “lottery”: some hearing centres grant twice as many appeals

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas doubled to 2,000 per year


High Court: potential homelessness not a justification for detention

Aggravated damages for “distressing and traumatic” detention

The Home Office continues to unlawfully impose curfews

The Home Office is entitled to ignore a judge’s decision to grant bail

Other cases

Supreme Court rejects a right to non-contributory benefits for Zambrano carers

Court of Appeal re-affirms country guidance cases are not box ticking

Asylum age assessments: the Court of Appeal is not a tribunal

Domestic violence cases can attract a right of appeal, says High Court

British organs for British residents

Northern Irish tribunal finds against Home Office on dual nationality

Tribunal rejects softer Strasbourg approach to Article 3 medical cases

Tier 2: chefs at restaurants with a take-away service not eligible

Dental x-rays in age assessment: art not science


Naturalising or registering as a British citizen: the good character requirement

The rise of modern banishment: deprivation and nullification of British citizenship

Meghan Markle and the Immigration Rules on marriage

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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.