Landmark Supreme Court decision overrules historic gender discrimination in British citizenship
Free Movement – 8 February
The Supreme Court case of The Advocate General for Scotland v Romein  UKSC 6 is a landmark case that has ‘opened up British citizenship by double descent to all children of British women born between 1949 and 1983’. As John Vassiliou discusses, before 1983 British citizenship could only be granted to those ‘born abroad through the male line’. Whilst this was changed in 1983, the new law did not apply retrospectively until this landmark case.
Migration cut 'could cost Scotland £10bn'
BBC News – 7 February
The Scottish government has predicted that the UK’s plans to reduce net migrations to ‘tens of thousands’ could cost Scotland up to £10 billion from 2040. A paper produced by Scotland's external affairs secretary, Fiona Hyslop, has suggested that even the end of freedom of movement for EU workers would reduce Scotland’s annual economic growth by £5bn.
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
The Telegraph – 5 February
MPs have announced plans to double the current charges for migrants to use the NHS. The current charge for those wanting to reside in the UK for more than six months is an annual payment of £200, but this will go up to £400 in order to raise funds for the NHS.
'Unfair' restrictions on families are unsettling refugees in UK – report
The Guardian – 31 January
A study by the Refugee Council and Oxfam has found that many refugees in the UK are currently unable to integrate fully into British life as they cannot be reunited with their families overseas. Refugee Council and Oxfam have urged the government to amend the current restrictive rules on reuniting refugee families.
Refugees with criminal records are being told it’s safe to go home
Free Movement – 31 January
The government’s immigration inspector suggests that refugees with a criminal record from countries such as Somalia and Afghanistan, are being stripped of their refugee status and sent home. The Home Office unit that investigates migrants with criminal records has been described as being inconsistent with its use of the ‘cessation procedure’, compared to other Home Office units.