Yemen-born Somalis in High Court fight for British Overseas Citizenship

Despite our remarks in previous blogs about the useless nature of British Overseas Citizen status, a series of judgments handed down by the High Court this summer demonstrate that this unusual version of British nationality is sufficiently valuable to encourage the pursuit of lengthy and expensive litigation against BOC passport refusals. All of the cases were heard by Mrs Justice Lang and concern people of Somali heritage born in Yemen before it gained independence. All are fact-specific, but immigration practitioners may be interested in the entitlement of this group to BOC status in the first place, the expert evidence on Somali culture and the form the litigation took. Brief geopolitical…

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