Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1337 - July 2006
The Home Office announced a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules to amend paragraph 364 to 'make it clear that where a person is liable to deportation then the presumption shall be that the public interest requires deportation and that it will only be in exceptional circumstances that the public interest in deportation will be outweighed in a case where it would not be contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Refugee Convention to deport.' For more info Click Here
On 25 July 2006 the Home Office published a report setting out a plan for reforming the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND). The report includes proposals to introduce an early Bill to take new powers including to introduce non suspensive appeals to ensure that 'foreign national prisoners automatically face deportation' and to 'radically reform and simplify immigration laws, rules and guidance'. It is also proposes the introduction of new protocols for judicial review and extend non-suspensive appeals to more countries.
Click Here to read the report.
The Home Office and Department for Education and Skills have launched a website: Integration of Refugee Children: Good Practice in Educational Settings Home Office / DfES website. This website has been developed by the Home Office and DfES to support the integration of refugee children and families through educational settings. There is an invitation to regional launches of the website: Newcastle September 25th; Sheffield September 29th; Peterborough October 2nd; Portsmouth October 5th; Manchester October 17th (provisional); Birmingham October 18th
Bristol (to be agreed)
Click Here to view the National Refugee Integration Forum Website
Legal Services Commission
A consultation paper has been issued jointly with the Legal Services Commission on the recommendations of Lord Carter's independent review into legal aid procurement. The Government and LSC are seeking views from all stakeholders with the consultation beginning on 13 July 2006 and ending on 12 October 2006. For more info Click Here
Department of Constitutional Affaires
On 25 July 2006 The Lord Chancellor published a review on the implementation of the Human Rights Act. Click Here to read the review
Events and Training
The Refugee Council has organised a conference: Health and social care for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers
01 November 2006, London and 07 November 2006, York
For booking details Click Here
Special Bulletin about the deportation of foreign nationals and bail published by BID Bulletin 21: July 06 (Word doc) Click here to read the bulletin