Statelessness

Asylum Aid submits evidence to official inspection of asylum applications

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration is undertaking an inspection of how the Home Office deals with applications for asylum and has consulted Asylum Aid and other civil society organisations. The key areas of interest to the inspection, according to the initial call for evidence, include: Screening and routing of asylum applicants Processing…

Letter on statelessness determination from Immigration Minister

Minister for Immigration lays out government stance on the determination of stateless persons in letter to Asylum Aid. Asylum Aid wrote to the Home Office commending the UK’s introduction of the Statelessness Determination Procedure in 2013 and to highlight areas of policy and practise in need of improvement, including that the UK should recognise statelessness as…

Statelessness on the Agenda at the Universal Periodic Review

The European Network on Statelessness, the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, the University of Liverpool Law Clinic, and Migrants Resource Centre made a Joint Submission on statelessness in the UK to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in September 2016. We are pleased to announce that statelessness has been put on the agenda as numerous countries…

Can’t Stay. Can’t Go – refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned

Can’t Stay. Can’t Go. Refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned’ (Catherine Blanchard and Sarah Joy for the British Red Cross, February 2017) examines the situation of persons who have been refused asylum in the UK, but cannot return to their country of origin, some because they are stateless. Many such persons live in hardship…

Statelessness and applications for leave to remain

This guide, Statelessness and applications for leave to remain: a best practice guide, by Dr Sarah Woodhouse and Judith Carter (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and University of Liverpool Law Clinic, November 2016), published jointly by the Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association and the University of Liverpool Law Clinic, is an excellent resource for practitioners advising and…

Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in the UK

  The report makes numerous recommendations, such as: The Government should properly consider (the risk of) statelessness in all decisions relating to detention, from the initial decision to detain and all subsequent decisions to maintain detention, in particular in relation to the consideration of whether removal is imminent. The Government should not detain persons who…

How to Secure Legal Aid for Statelessness Applications

Statelessness applications are often complex; stateless persons require competent legal advice to enable them to demonstrate to the Home Office that they are not recognised as a national by any country. This blog article discusses the need for legal aid for statelessness applications and how to access exceptional case funding. Written by our Legal Policy…

Policy Briefing – The UK’s approach to statelessness

This briefing considers the UK’s approach to statelessness applications under Part 14 of the Immigration Rules and identifies some of the existing shortcomings in the UK’s approach. We make three main recommendations regarding: 1) quality of decisions; 2) delays in decision making; and 3) the need for legal aid. Click on the image below to…