Issue 110 - 13th October 2008

Monday 13 October 2008

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UNHCR official has accused Greece of violating the Refugee Convention by routinely rejecting asylum claims by migrants from war-torn states like Afghanistan. Greece's record on asylum is so bad that UNHCR has advised EU countries not to return asylum seekers there until conditions improve. More info

More generally the UNHCR's top protection official has stated that despite some gains over the past year, far too many refugees and asylum seekers still face intolerance and denial of their rights. More info

Meanwhile, the UK Border Agency is "celebrating six months of success" having gone, it says, "from strength-to-strength over the past six months with more drugs and weapons seized, more foreign criminals removed and more illegal immigrants stopped trying to cross the border than ever before." News story


In Teixeira v London Borough of Lambeth & SSHD [2008] EWCA Civ 1088 (10 October 2008), the Court of Appeal has referred questions to the ECJ concerning the interpretation of Council Directive 2004/38/EC ('Citizens Directive') and of Art. 12 of Regulation (EEC) No. 1612/68 (which provides that children of an EEA national who is or has been employed in the territory of another Member State shall be admitted to that State's general educational, apprenticeship and vocational training courses under the same conditions as the nationals of that State, if such children are residing in its territory) in a case where a Portuguese woman had been, but no longer was, a worker in the UK and her daughter had entered primary education here at a time when her mother was not a worker and they are not self-sufficient. see


HJT Training's 6 hour Update Conference on Asylum and Human rights, Immigration Rules and EEA Law will be held at Garden Court Chambers on 23rd October 2008: Speakers Mark Symes, David Jones, and Colin Yeo. For more information and booking forms see

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