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A life-changing document: our work on statelessness

by Cynthia Orchard, Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator ‘What’s this strange, red, travel document?’ I hear you ask. No it’s not the new post-Brexit passport. It is extremely rare, and this particular one belongs to one of our clients. This is a travel document issued to some people who have no nationality. For those lucky…

The appalling mistreatment of a stateless human rights activist, barriers to British citizenship, and the power to bring change

By Cynthia Orchard, Statelessness Policy and Casework Coordinator, Asylum Aid / Migrants Resource Centre Sayed Alwadaei is a soft-spoken but determined man from Bahrain. There is compassion and sadness in his eyes – born, I presume, from the heartbreaking circumstances he and his family members have suffered. Sayed participated in pro-democracy human rights protests in…

Asylum Aid Policy Briefing: Ending Detention of Stateless Persons in the UK

‘Ousman’, a stateless man of Guinean and Gambian parentage, spent three and a half years in immigration detention in the UK. Even though he cooperated with removal efforts, neither Guinea nor Gambia recognised him as a national of their country, and he could not be removed. Eventually, he was released from detention and awarded damages…

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…