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Eroding migrants’ appeal rights will result in more judicial reviews

Proposals in the Immigration Bill to cut down on appeals could have the unintented effect of costing the government more in defending judicial reviews, says Vanessa Ganguin

19 November 2013

Having completed its second reading in the House of Commons with underwhelming attendance from both sides of the benches, the Immigration Bill is returning from Committee stage this week. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper announced that Labour will "amend and reform" the Bill as it moves through parliament, but the poor showing and apparent lack of interest by MPs is disappointing given all parties' insistence that immigration is a top issue among constituents.

Since coming to power in 2010, the Conservative-led coalition has vowed to reduce net migration from hundreds to tens of thousands by 2015.

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