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‘Not a lesbian’: Aderonke Apata and the impossibly high threshold for asylum claims based on sexuality

‘Not a lesbian’:  Aderonke Apata and the impossibly high threshold for asylum claims based on sexuality

Yesterday, on the same day that damning findings of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the use of Immigration Detention in the UK were published, a judicial review of the decision to…

Channel 4 accused of stirring up ‘toxic’ debate over ‘Immigration Street’ series

Channel 4 accused of stirring up ‘toxic’ debate over ‘Immigration Street’ series

Channel 4 was accused of stirring up a ‘negative’ debate about immigration ahead of the general election and ‘ripping apart’ a community with its latest documentary-style reality TV show. A…

Locked up and shipped out: Fast track asylum

Locked up and shipped out: Fast track asylum

Last month, Channel 4 News reported the Home Office’s removal from the UK of a client of mine. She was a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker, who claimed that she had been detained,…

Europe and the politics of migration

Europe and the politics of migration

During the European Parliament campaign, the economic, financial, social and identity crisis, in addition to the rise of populism, provided a backdrop for migration to come to the fore. This,…

‘Officers 1 Immigrants 0’: The mob mentality of the Immigration Bill

‘Officers 1 Immigrants 0’: The mob mentality of the Immigration Bill

I want to persuade you that our first task when faced with a social evil like the Immigration Bill is not just to condemn but to understand it.  I say…

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