Tag Archives: European Union

Asylum seeking is a world-wide phenomenon

EM (Eritrea), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 12 (19 February 2014)  This case is about so many things; the despotic state of Eritrea, which ranks last in the world for … Continue reading

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Essence Must Always Be Disclosed

ZZ (France) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (No. 2) [2014] EWCA Civ 7 (24 January 2014) Some disputes are difficult to settle. This case involves a longstanding quarrel about the true interpretation of Directive 2004/38/EC (the directive) … Continue reading

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MG and Onuekwere: Part 2

As stated by the CJEU in para 31 of MG, Onuekwere v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EUECJ C-378/12 is an important judgment. Nnamdi Onuekwere (O), a Nigerian, claimed that he entered the UK as a visitor. Surely … Continue reading

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MG and Onuekwere: Part 1

Secretary of State for the Home Department v MG [2014] EUECJ C-400/12 (16 January 2014) Onuekwere v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EUECJ C-378/12 (16 January 2014) In these punchy judgments, the Court of Justice of the … Continue reading

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CJEU on the Qualification Directive, Homosexuality and Persecution

Joined Cases C-199/12, C-200/12, C-201/12, Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel v X, Y and Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel The status of homosexuals is an extremely fascinating aspect of asylum and human rights law. Even in the freedom … Continue reading

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Citizens’ Directive: Imprisonment and Permanent Residence

Nnamdi Onuekwere v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EUECJ C-378/12 (03 October 2013) This post looks at Advocate General Yves Bot’s recent opinion on Directive 2004/38/EC and the right of permanent residence. The opinion “carries no legal … Continue reading

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Vive la France!

B & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2281 (Admin) Islam is in the news a lot. Muslims consider their faith to be a religion of tolerance but some of … Continue reading

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A Nice Bit Of Beer

Blackside Ltd, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2087 (Admin) (23 July 2013) The UK Border Agency (as it partially continues to call itself) is easily criticised for the way it … Continue reading

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Court of Justice of the European Union on State Security, Notification of Decisions, Disclosure and Judicial Protection

Case C-300/11 ZZ v Secretary of State for the Home Department (4 June 2013) This is such an interesting case, which also involves Islam and the West, on Directive 2004/38/EC (the Directive). Some of the details in the Special Immigration … Continue reading

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A Rather Cruel Piece Of Mockery: Part 1

MM, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 1900 (Admin) (05 July 2013) Much has been said about the controversial mandatory financial requirements – which almost half of the UK’s working … Continue reading

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Strike Three For New Rules: Part 2

Ogundimu (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2013] UKUT 60 (IAC) (08 February 2013) SSHD’s Case It was maintained that paragraph A362, part 13 (deportation), of the rules defeated O’s Article 8 claim and, even though the decision was made more … Continue reading

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The EU Dimension to Proportionality

Essa, R (On the Application Of) v Upper Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 1718 (21 December 2012) Deportation is a hugely controversial issue. Unsurprisingly, opinion on it remains utterly polarised. Journalists and lawyers alike have tried … Continue reading

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Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From Union Citizen Children?: Part 2

O & S v Maahanmuuttovirasto v L [2012] EUECJ C-356/11 (06 December 2012) This post analyses the rationale espoused by the CJEU in relation to its ruling which is highlighted in Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From … Continue reading

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Can Third Country National Stepfathers Derive Rights Of Residence From Union Citizen Children?: Part 1

O & S v Maahanmuuttovirasto v L [2012] EUECJ C-356/11 (06 December 2012) This pair of cases was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by the Korkein hallinto-oikeus – the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court. Although as … Continue reading

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Home Detention Order Must Guarantee Earliest Possible Return

Md Sagor [2012] EUECJ C-430/11 (06 December 2012) When questioned by the Italian police in 2009 in Rosolina Mare, Md Sagor (“S”) a street vendor without a fixed abode, explained that he was born in Bangladesh on 10 October 1990 and … Continue reading

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Asylum and the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations

Al-Sirri (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) DD (Afghanistan) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2012] UKSC 54   In handing down judgment in these cases on the law of refugee status, the … Continue reading

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The new rules: Article 8 and Judges

MF (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2012] UKUT 393 (IAC) (31 October 2012) – see previous post for facts and background. Despite commenting positively [29] on some aspects of the new rules, the UT still thought that it “would be … Continue reading

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New rules Not a Complete Code for Article 8

MF (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2012] UKUT 393 (IAC) (31 October 2012) The Convention that emerged from the ashes of war to protect people’s freedoms should not have been made a target for a party’s political designs. This … Continue reading

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CJEU: The Concept of a Formally Limited Residence Permit

State Secretary van Justitie v Mangat Singh [2012] EUECJ C-502/10 (18 October 2012) As explained in recitals 25 and 26 of its preamble, Directive 2003/109/EC (“the directive”), concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents, does not apply … Continue reading

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CJEU: Public Manifestation of Religion and Persecution

Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Y & Z [2012] EUECJ C-71/11 (05 September 2012) Pakistan is an intolerant country where human rights are routinely violated and minorities are persecuted. The paradox is that the country was created because Indian Muslims feared a marginal … Continue reading

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