Children's best interests: A primary consideration?, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, June 2013
SLF supported Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit to carry out research into the Home Office's implementation of Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 and consideration of the best interests of the child in relation to separated children seeking asylum, and whether this has made any difference to outcomes in such cases.
The impact on families and children of insecure immigration status, Lambeth Law Centre, August 2015 The Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) supported Lambeth Law Centre to gather evidence and to identify legal arguments about the impact the policy of not awarding permanent residence to migrant families has on children and young migrants, as many will face years of insecurity in the UK.
Operation Nexus: Briefing Paper, Luqmani Thompson & Partners, 2014
SLF supported Luqmani Thompson to undertake pre-litigation research on Operation Nexus, a joint initiative between the Metropolitan police and the Home Office which targets foreign nationals encountered by police in the London area. The research looked at whether those affected have been given access to a fair hearing and that any evidence used to detain or deport them has been properly tested in the courts.
Systemic obstacles to children registration as British citizens, Ealing Law Centre, 2014
SLF supported Ealing Law Centre to undertake pre-litigation research on three connected areas concerning the registration of children as British citizens: the fee requirement, the narrow interpretation of the law and the failure by the Home Office to give proper reasons in refusing applications for registration.
MA and others[Case C-648/11], Court of Justice of the European Union, 2013
SLF supported the AIRE Centre's intervention in this case, which concerned whether and under what circumstances it is lawful for the UK to return a separated asylum seeking child to another EU Member State where s/he first claimed asylum under the 'Dublin II' provisions. The AIRE Centre intervened in the case, advocating for an approach to the relevant provisions that emphasises the best interests of the child, in accordance with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and overarching international instruments and legal principles. See also the Migrant Children's Project's Case note on MA and others
SM and TM and JD and Others v SSHD  EWCA 1144 (Admin)
SLF supported Coram Children's Legal Centre to intervene in a Judicial Review case in the High Court involving children granted leave in the UK on the basis of their right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case raised issues relating to the impact on children of temporary status and the public interest in upholding the rights of children. Coram Children's Legal Centre acted as third party interveners to assist the parties and the court in the approach to be taken to the best interests of the child and the Home Office's duties under Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009. See also the Migrant Children's Project's case note on SM.
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SLF supported Coventry Law Centre, in association with the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, on a six month project to research whether the return of minors to Afghanistan or Iraq, proposals for which were being developed by ERPUM (European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors), are or would be in accordance with the law. The UK government is no longer part of ERPUM but the website collates relevant research, statutory instruments and case law.