The government's migration advisory committee (Mac) have published a report on the Tier 2 points based system. The report resoundingly rejected the suggestion that the system should be significantly tightened in the face of the economic downturn. Click here.
The UK Border Agency has amended its implementation plan for Tier 4 of the points-based system. Click here.
The Agency has also announced that as students relying on International Baccalaureate qualifications awarded on 5 July 2009, will not receive their award certificates in time to apply for United Kingdom university courses starting in September this year. A sponsor who has assessed a student on the basis of an International Baccalaureate, can demonstrate confirmation of the student's results using either the UCAS or International Baccalaureate Office online checking systems. Click here.
Dick Marty, the rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has called on European Governments once again to come clean on their part in unlawful detention and extraordinary rendition:
"With yesterday's report that Lithuania hosted a secret CIA prison, as well as other recent revelations regarding the 'black sites' in Poland and Romania, the time has now come for Europe to account in full for its involvement in this shameful episode." Click here.
In Bary & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 2068 (Admin); the Admin. Court held that extradition to the United States of America of two men suspected of involvement with terrorist activities did not constitute a breach of either man's rights under Art.3 ECHR. Scott Baker LJ considered that the importance of maintaining extradition where a defendant would not otherwise be tried and the importance of international co-operation were both factors that were highly important when identifying whether the Art. 3 threshold had been crossed. Click here.