United Kingdom’s asylum fast-track system ruled unlawful by courts

The UK High Court has ruled that the government’s appeal system for processing asylum seekers’ applications is unlawful. The ruling relates to the fast-track immigration appeals procedure under which thousands of asylum seekers have been detained each year.

Mr Justice Nichol said the process under which rejected asylum seekers arriving in Britain are detained and given seven days to appeal was “structurally unfair”.

UK reaches its work permit limit for skilled workers

The UK’s cap on Tier 2 work permits, the work permits issued by UK employers when recruiting skilled overseas workers from outside Europe, has been reached for the first time in four years.

As the cap level has been reached, some applications from businesses and the public sector to fill skilled vacancies from overseas have started to be refused, leading to accusations that Britain is now no longer open to the “brightest and best” from around the world.