Sharmistha Michaels explains how the Home Office's updated immigration laws could threaten the rights of migrants who are sleeping rough

On 22 October 2020, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes to update the UK’s Immigration Rules (the rules), as part of the post-Brexit immigration changes. The reforms included a new discretionary ground for refusal or cancellation of permission to stay for those individuals in the UK on a temporary basis, found sleeping rough.

Homelessness is difficult to get out of without access to support, something often unavailable to migrants. Having secure immigration status is essential to enable a person to find accomodation and gain access to the support  needed to rebuild their lives.

With a significant proportion of homeless people being migrants, the government’s recent changes to the rules have been ...

Sharmistha Michaels
Barrister
5 St. Andrew's Hill

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