Delay of 21 months in child refugee case found unlawful

The Home Office behaved unlawfully in putting on hold a child’s asylum claim for over 21 months, the Upper Tribunal has found. There are thought to be as many as 200 other children in the same position. The child had been admitted to the UK in “Operation Purnia” at the time of the Calais camp clearances in 2016. It is probably not a coincidence that a new policy was announced just last week, after the Home Office found out about this case, of granting leave to such children. The case is R (on the application of TM (A Minor) by his litigation friend, The Official Solicitor) v Secretary of State for…

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