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Possible Victim of Human Trafficking Has Conviction Overturned

The Crown Court has overturned a man’s conviction after evidence suggested he might have been a victim of human trafficking. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred the case of Mr AL, who was convicted of producing cannabis in September 2019. He was sentenced to six months in custody.??

He pleaded guilty to the offence but stated he had met an individual who offered him a place to stay and work. He said he stayed there because he was homeless and did not want any trouble. He later revealed that he had been threatened and beaten.? The CCRC received an application from Mr AL’s representatives in April 2022 with documents suggesting Mr AL had never been advised of a defence under S45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The CCRC referred the case on 28 March 2024 and the Crown Court quashed the conviction on 26 April 2024.

Regret: Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules

That this House regrets the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC 556), published on 19 February, in particular the provisions preventing overseas care workers from bringing family to the United Kingdom, as this will

(1) deprive migrant care workers of the basic right of caring for their own children,

(2) increase workers’ dependency on their sponsors by removing the safety net of a Toggle showing location ofColumn 1985partner’s income, and

(3) make it harder for workers to report and change sponsors, increasing the risk of exploitation.

Before I go into further detail on this point, I express particular regret at the notion that carers arriving in the UK will no longer be able to bring their children with them. This troubles me deeply. We are asking care workers to care for our loved ones, but we are denying them the right to do the same in respect of their own children and partners. 

Read more: Lord Oates, https://shorturl.at/nxALW

Government: Immigration Update

Tom Pursglove Minister of State at the Home Office

The Government are committed to reducing immigration—both legal and illegal—into the United Kingdom. Legal immigration has risen in recent years in part because we have extended the hand of friendship to people fleeing conflict and persecution in Ukraine, Hong Kong and Afghanistan. That was the right thing to do. But another factor has been the numbers of overseas students and workers and their dependants rising to unsustainable levels. The steps that the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (James Cleverly) announced last year to cut net migration will mean that around 300,000 people who would have been eligible to come to the UK will now not be.

We have restricted most students from bringing dependent family members, increased the salary that most skilled worker migrants need to earn in order to obtain a visa by nearly 50% to £38,700, stopped overseas care workers bringing dependent family members with them, raised the minimum income for family visas to ensure that people are supported financially, and scrapped the 20% going rate salary discount for shortage occupations and replaced the shortage occupation list with a new immigration salary discount list. The latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics show that net migration in the year to June 2023 was 672,000, 73,000 lower than it was six months earlier. The figures are provisional and we need to go further, but these are encouraging signs.

Read more: Hansard/Parliament, https://shorturl.at/iDJNQ

UK Asylum System Heading for ‘Catastrophic Meltdown’ Due to Recent Legislation

A short but significant new briefing paper published today by the Refugee Council warns that last year's Illegal Migration Act 2023 (IMA 2023) and this year's new Rwanda legislation will cause chaos in the asylum system and leave huge numbers of people in permanent limbo.

Under the IMA 2023, the majority of asylum claims made in the UK are considered permanently inadmissible, which means that the claim will never be considered in the UK's asylum system, no matter how strong it may be.

Estimates published today by the Refugee Council calculate that around 105,000 asylum seekers are likely to have had their asylum claim declared inadmissible by the end of 2024. The IMA 2023 also introduces a duty to remove, which means that the Home Secretary will be under a duty to arrange for the asylum seekers' removal to their country of origin or a safe third country.

Read more: Refugee Council, https://shorturl.at/yFYZ9



Arrests After Protesters Thwart Asylum Seekers' Coach Transfer

Forty five people have been arrested after protesters and police clashed during a protest in south London over the planned transfer of asylum seekers to the Bibby Stockholm barge in Dorset.

Activists surrounded a coach at a hotel in Peckham at about 08:40 BST. At about 15:00 it was driven away from the hotel seemingly without passengers.

It comes as 711 people were detected crossing the English Channel in small boats on Wednesday, the highest number on a single day so far this year.

The Met Police has said that during the protest, some of its officers reported being assaulted.

The arrests were for offences including obstruction of the highway, obstructing police and assault on police.

Read more: Jess Warren/Chris Slegg, BBC News, https://shorturl.at/egmt4

Crew of Migrant Rescue Boat Acquitted in Italy After Seven-Year Ordeal

Judges in Sicily have acquitted all crew members of an NGO rescue boat who had been accused of aiding and abetting illegal migration, in a case seen by activists as a symbol of the criminalisation of those who have sought to help at-risk refugees and migrants at sea.

On Friday 25th April, the verdict, after seven years of proceedings, followed a surprise turn of events in February when prosecutors in Trapani unexpectedly requested the charges be dropped owing to a lack of evidence. The Iuventa, a rescue vessel operated by the German NGO Jugend Rettet, is believed to have saved 14,000 people during its time in the central Mediterranean. Its crews would find distressed vessels and pass those saved on to European military ships or the Italian coastguard.

The case of the Iuventa has become emblematic of what are claimed to be increasing attempts to criminalise refugee aid workers, and highlights the challenges encountered by those dedicated to safeguarding human rights. Groups who assist asylum seekers are reporting a disturbing trend of escalating intimidation, with aid workers facing direct threats, including being held at gunpoint and having their phone communications monitored by government authorities.

Read more: Lorenzo Tondo, Guardian, https://shorturl.at/cFIJ7

Home Office to Detain Asylum Seekers Across UK in Shock Rwanda Operation

The Home Office will launch a major operation to detain asylum seekers across the UK on Monday 29th April, weeks earlier than expected, in preparation for their deportation to Rwanda, the Guardian can reveal.

Officials plan to hold refugees who turn up for routine meetings at immigration service offices or bail appointments and will also pick people up nationwide in a surprise two-week exercise.

Lawyers and campaigners said the detentions risked provoking protracted legal battles, community protests and clashes with police – with officers in Scotland put on high alert.

Enver Solomon, the chief executive of the Refugee Council, said: “The government is determined to recklessly pursue its inhumane Rwanda plan despite the cost, chaos and human misery it will unleash. We know it is likely to cause a catastrophic system meltdown.”

Detainees will be immediately transferred to detention centres, which have already been prepared for the operation, and held until they are put on planes to Rwanda. Some will be put on the first flight due to take off this summer.

Read more: Severin Carrell, Rajeev Syal and Aletha Adu,
Guardian, https://shorturl.at/jyG24



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