Category Archives: Refugee Convention

Upper Tribunal: Tanveer Ahmed remains good law

QC (verification of documents; Mibanga duty) [2021] UKUT 33 (IAC) (12 January 2021) In a panel consisting of President Lane and Vice President Ockelton, the Upper Tribunal has held as to verification of documents that the case of Tanveer Ahmed … Continue reading

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Priti Patel’s pathetic plan to fix the immigration system

The controversial policy statement on the government’s New Plan for Immigration CP 412 (March 2021) claims that “in the year ending September 2019, 62% of UK asylum claims were made by those entering illegally – for example by small boats, … Continue reading

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Abduction and asylum: Supreme Court holds child named on parent’s asylum application is protected from refoulement

G v G [2021] UKSC 9 (19 March 2021)  The Supreme Court has held that a child named as a dependant on her parent’s asylum claim who could objectively be understood to have made a request for international protection had … Continue reading

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New evidence must satisfy Ladd v Marshall to justify departure from FTT decision on refugee status

R (Al-Siri) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWCA Civ 113 (08 February 2021) The Court of Appeal dismissed the government’s appeal against the judgment of Richard Clayton QC where he had quashed the decision of the … Continue reading

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Government loses bid to lower bar for exclusion of extremists from refugee status

The Secretary of State for the Home Department v NF [2021] EWCA Civ 17 (11 January 2021)  The Court of Appeal has dismissed the government’s appeal as to the lowering of the high threshold for the engagement of article 1F(c) … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal upholds Algeria country guidance for gay men

YD (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1683 (14 December 2020)  Lewis, Peter Jackson and Asplin LJJ have dismissed the appeal of Mr YD who alleged that the country guidance in OO (Gay men) … Continue reading

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Upper Tribunal says gender terminology respecting the chosen identity of claimants must be used

Mx M (gender identity – HJ (Iran) – (terminology) El Salvador [2020] UKUT 313 (IAC) (22 October 2020)  In this case involving an appellant who was a national of El Salvador and who considered themselves a homosexual man when living … Continue reading

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Removal policy preventing access to justice declared unlawful

R (FB (Afghanistan) & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1338 (21 October 2020) In a significant judgment, Lord Burnett LCJ and Hickinbottom and Coulson LJJ held that the SSHD’s removal notice window policy … Continue reading

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Home Office loses appeal in Ugandan LGBT asylum case

PN (Uganda), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1213 (28 September 2020)  The Court of Appeal has dismissed the SSHD’s appeal against Lewis J’s decision in PN v SSHD [2019] … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal clarifies asylum bars in child abduction cases

G (A Child: Child Abduction) [2020] EWCA Civ 1185 (15 September 2020)  The Court of Appeal has held that Lieven J (the High Court Judge) had been wrong to stay proceedings on the basis that there was a bar to … Continue reading

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Passports: Foreign law must be proved by expert evidence

Hussein and Another (Status of passports: foreign law) [2020] UKUT 250 (IAC)  CMG Ockelton VP has explained that (i) a person who holds a genuine passport, apparently issued to him, and not falsified or altered, has to be regarded as … Continue reading

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The situation in Sudan remains volatile 

AAR & AA (Non-Arab Darfuris – return) Sudan [2019] UKUT 282 (IAC) (7 August 2019) These appeals concerned the question whether the guidance given in AA (non-Arab Darfuris – relocation) Sudan CG [2009] UKAIT 00056 and MM (Darfuris) Sudan CG … Continue reading

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High Court orders asylum-seeker’s return to pursue appeal 

PN (Uganda) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1616 (Admin) (24 June 2019) In these judicial review proceedings, brought by “PN”, Lewis J held that the dismissal of a Ugandan woman’s appeal against the refusal … Continue reading

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Supreme Court allows tortured Tamil asylum-seeker’s appeal

KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 10 (6 March 2019) In a recent judgment given by Lord Wilson the Supreme Court unanimously allowed KV’s appeal, remitting the matter to the UT for fresh … Continue reading

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Analysis of Country Guidance on Iranian Kurds

HB (Kurds) Iran (illegal exit: failed asylum seeker) CG [2018] UKUT 430 (IAC) (12 December 2018) Finding themselves trapped as minorities in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, the Kurds are dubbed “a people without a country” and … Continue reading

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What is the correct approach to assessing medical evidence in asylum claims alleging torture?

The Supreme Court recently considered the correct approach to the assessment of medical evidence in asylum claims alleging torture. In KV (Sri Lanka) [2017] EWCA Civ 119, Elias, Patten and Sales LJJ held that the decision in KV (scarring – … Continue reading

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Standard of Proof for Statelessness is Balance of Probabilities

AS (Guinea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2234 (12 October 2018) The Court of Appeal has held that those asserting that they are stateless need to prove their case on the balance of probabilities. … Continue reading

Posted in Asylum, Citizenship and Nationality, CJEU, Court of Appeal, Deportation, Eritrea, Ethiopia, European Union, Immigration Rules, Nationality, Nigeria, Palestine, Persecution, Proportionality, Public Interest, Refugee Convention, South Africa, Statelessness, Tribunals, UKSC | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Section 67: Court of Appeal on UASC and Procedural Fairness

R (Help Refugees Ltd) v The Secretary of State for Home Department & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 2098 (03 October 2018) So that they may properly challenge adverse decision-making by way of judicial review, the Court of Appeal has held … Continue reading

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Refugee Convention: Metropolitan Territory is Distinct from Dependent Territories

R (Bashir & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 45 (30 July 2018) In a complex interim judgment dealing with threshold issues, the Supreme Court has held that both the Refugee Convention 1951 and the … Continue reading

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Restricted Leave: Only Rare Cases are Suitable for Settlement

Babar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 329 (01 March 2018) Tanvir Babar used to be a Pakistani policeman. He worked in law enforcement for 17 years and was in charge of a squad of … Continue reading

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