ICIBI: Inspection Report on Country of Origin Information: Ethiopia, Iran and Zimbabwe_January 2022

ICIBI: Inspection Report on Country of Origin Information: Ethiopia, Iran and Zimbabwe_January 2022

This is a report by Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration – ICIBI, who have examined the Country Guidance documents about Ethiopia (page 8), Iran (page 36), and Zimbabwe (page 74). These are important documents because they inform caseworkers’ decisions about asylum claims. The whole report with the Home Office replies is here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1071564/Inspection_Report_on_Country_of_Origin_Information__Ethiopia__Iran_and_Zimbabwe_January_2022.pdf

Home Office response in full: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/response-to-an-icibi-report-on-country-of-origin-information/response-to-an-icibi-report-on-country-of-origin-information-accessible-version

Modern Slavery and Trafficking

Updated 21 April 2022: Independent: UK’s anti-slavery commissioner slams ‘lack of humanity’ in Rwanda asylum deal

Exclusive: Dame Sara Thornton expresses ‘significant concern’ about plans to ship asylum seekers to Africa

The UK’s anti-slavery commissioner has slammed the “lack of humanity” of the government’s plans to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda, warning trafficking victims sent there are likely to be deprived of support.

Responding to the controversial deal for the first time, Dame Sara Thornton told The Independent she had “significant concerns”, citing evidence the African country has detained thousands of potential trafficking victims without providing them with proper care in the past year.

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Intervention by the Courts

The Government is trying to reduce access to Courts so as to minimise the Court’s impact on on its hostile environment. These are some important examples of why people continue to need access to the Courts, and the Courts need to retain their power to examine decisions made.

Updated 12 April 2022: Free Movement: Afghan boy unlawfully removed from UK for 18 months can claim damages

The Court of Appeal has held that the unlawful removal of a vulnerable Afghan child and the 18 months of disruption to his private life entitled him to damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 and under EU law. The case is QH (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 421

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Status Now campaign : EDM (Early Day Motion)1098

EDM #1098 Tabled by Claudia Webbe MP for Leicester East, on 21 March 2022

Motion text: That this House recognises the important campaigning work of the Status Now network on their two year anniversary; notes that there are currently an unknown number of persons in the UK who are not citizens and who do not at present have leave to remain in this country, who lack any entitlement to support from the state and are therefore entirely without funds to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families; considers it essential that the Government takes immediate action to ensure that Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, so that they can access healthcare, food, housing and other essential human rights; notes that asylum support allowance is a mere £39.63 per week which is a miserly and inadequate amount on which to be able to survive; laments the prohibition on asylum seekers being able to work while their claim is being processed, which leads to further impoverishment; welcomes the recent progress made in Ireland through the regularisation scheme for long-term undocumented people, launched in January 2022, which will offer an amnesty for 17,000 undocumented migrants; and calls on the Government to follow suit and ensure that all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process be granted status now, or indefinite leave to remain, to guarantee that every human being, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship can access the essentials to live.

We thank Claudia Webbe MP for her continuing support for the StatusNow4All campaign

Please ask your MP to sign this EDM. If they do not sign EDMs then you can ask them to talk with others about concerns raised above.

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EU Borders and beyond

Updated 4 April 2022: The Star: EU urged to treat African refugees like Ukrainians

The UNHCR chief, Filippo Grandi, said Europe had hosted Ukrainian refugees “generously and effectively” and should consider the same for other refugees.

• It comes after 90 people died in international waters of the Mediterranean sea after setting off from Libya in an overcrowded boat.

• The UNHCR chief, Filippo Grandi, said Europe had hosted Ukrainian refugees “generously and effectively” and should consider the same for other refugees.Hundreds of African migrants die every year trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to Europe
Image: AFP

The head of the UN refugee agency has asked Europe to be generous and welcoming to other migrants, just as it has with Ukrainian refugees, following the death of dozens of African migrants at sea.

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ICIBI: Second annual inspection of ‘Adults at risk in immigration detention’ and more

Updated 1 April 2022: Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration: ICIBI Inspection Plan 2022-23:


The Plan includes completed reports that are with the Home Secretary awaiting publication and inspections that were started in 2022-23 and will report over the next few months. These two may be of particular interest:

A (re)inspection of the Home Office response to small boat arrivals
An inspection of Home Office operations to effect the removal of Foreign National Offender.

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