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    Justice First Fellowship – opportunity to take up a training contract based with MiCLU

    Posted on September 10, 2017 by in Blog Post

    MiCLU is delighted that Islington Law Centre have been chosen as a host agency for the Justice First Fellowship programme.  This means that we are able to offer a training contract based with MiCLU, with the opportunity to work alongside the law centre’shighly experienced legal teams, and to make a real difference to the local […]

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    Kids in Need of Defense UK submits inaugural application for separated child

    Posted on August 30, 2017 by in Blog Post

    We are excited to report that lawyers working with Kids in Need of Defense UK in partnership with MiCLU have submitted their first application for leave to remain to the Home Office – with a positive outcome for their young client. This is a great step forward for a unique initiative that aims to protect […]

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    Join us in asking the government to give unaccompanied children access to justice again

    Posted on August 23, 2017 by in Blog Post

    The Children’s Society have launched a petition to call on the Government to reinstate legal aid for all unaccompanied and separated migrant children. The Government’s decision in 2012 to remove free legal help for thousands of unaccompanied and separated migrant children has left them on their own and unable to navigate the complex immigration system. However, the Government is […]

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    Children First, Migrants Second

    Posted on March 2, 2017 by in Blog Post

    Precarious Citizenship: Unseen, Settled and Alone – The Legal and Protection Needs of ‘Undocumented’ Children and Young People in England and Wales. Our new report is out, presenting the findings of over four years of specialist casework with 52 separated children and young people whose lives have been affected by being ‘undocumented’ –  unable to […]

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  • We stand against schools collecting immigration data on children

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by in Blog Post

    Immigration information on individual pupils must now be provided to the government by schools, colleges, nurseries and childminders as part of the Early Years and Schools Census. The Department of Education (DfE)’s policy, effective from September 2016, requires country of birth and nationality data to be collected and then permanently stored on the National Pupil Database. […]

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  • Listening to the unheard

    Posted on July 21, 2016 by in Blog Post

    There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.        – Arundhati Roy, 2004 On 1 June 2016 academics, lawyers, social workers, health practitioners, NGO workers, policy officials, activists, and a host of others gathered to hear about and discuss the situation of children and […]

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  • What is precarious citizenship?

    Posted on May 26, 2016 by in Blog Post

    A conference on how to secure justice for young people with precarious citizenship is taking place in London on 1 June 2016, organised by MiCLU in conjunction with Birkbeck College. But what exactly is precarious citizenship and why does it matter? Significant numbers of young people who are settled in the UK (estimated conservatively at […]

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  • We are joining forces to offer legal support to vulnerable migrant children

    Posted on May 26, 2016 by in Blog Post

    MiCLU and other advice agencies are taking inspiration from Angelina Jolie-Pitt and joining forces to offer legal support to vulnerable migrant children. We are excited to be among a key group of advice agencies who will be working in collaboration to set up a ground-breaking pro bono project which will help vulnerable children secure citizenship […]

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  • We made sure that children see social services BEFORE formal screening

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by in Blog Post

    AN & FA (Children), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1636. The challenge brought in AN & FA resulted from work done by Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ), a national charity providing legal advice to refugees and migrants in the UK until it went into […]

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  • We made sure that the best interests of the child are a ‘primary consideration’

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by in Blog Post

    ZH (Tanzania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] UKSC 4 RCRP were heavily involved in this landmark case in which Lady Hale set out the relevance and weight of the concept of ‘Best Interests of the Child’ in an immigration context.  This truly landmark case involved a family in which one parent […]

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