Albanian asylum claims: our resource hub

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Garden Court Chambers has recently published a number of resources about Albanian asylum claims, designed for lawyers and/or the general public. 

We encourage lawyers who represent Albanian clients to read our papers, all of which are available below.

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Albanian blood feuds and certification: a critical view (April 2019) by David Neale of Garden Court Chambers.
This paper argues that the Home Office Country Policy and Information Note (CPIN) on blood feuds is wrong, and that asylum claims based on blood feuds should not generally be certified as “clearly unfounded”. This paper will be useful to lawyers who are challenging certification decisions by judicial review.

Albanian boys and young men: the risk of trafficking and re-trafficking on return (June 2019) by David Neale of Garden Court Chambers.
This paper analyses an important new report by Asylos and argues that many Albanian asylum-seeking boys and young men are at risk of trafficking or re-trafficking on return to Albania. This includes boys and young men who have previously been trafficked, as well as other vulnerable boys and young men who are from poor backgrounds, are victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, who have physical and/or mental disabilities, and/or who have no family support on return. This paper will be useful to lawyers who are representing Albanian boys and young men, both those who are already victims of trafficking and those who have claimed asylum on another basis but may be at risk of trafficking on return. 

A practical approach to the surge in certification of asylum claims by Albanian nationals (June 2019) by David Neale of Garden Court Chambers and Gurpinder Kaur Khanba of Islington Law Centre.
This paper provides guidance to solicitors and caseworkers on how to prepare Albanian asylum claims at the pre-decision stage, bearing in mind that most such claims are now at risk of certification. It includes guidance on dealing with the Legal Aid Agency and obtaining funding for expert reports at the pre-decision stage.

David Neale is a legal researcher and former barrister at Garden Court Chambers.

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