Signs of success

We are delighted to report promising progress from some of the grants made by the Strategic Legal Fund. For example:

  • There are positive developments in the case of MA & Others vs the UK. The SLF funded the AIRE Centre´s legal team to travel to the Court of Justice of the EU in autumn 2013 to make submissions in a third party intervention in the case. The case concerns the circumstances in which separated asylum seeking children may be returned to other EU Member States. In February 2013 the Advocate General - who assists Judges in drafting their judgment - gave his opinion; he adopted the AIRE Centre´s argument, which emphasised the rights of the child. The final judgement of the Court is awaited. See more from the AIRE Centre
  • We are aware of positive policy changes arising as a result of SLF grants, for example one London borough has agreed to review its Leaving Care policy as a result of the Tower Hamlets Law Centre project.

With other SLF funded projects, decisions are awaited on cases that may become strategic challenges. Some grantees have had cases settle, so are seeking others on which to develop a strategic challenge.

A full list of grants awarded by the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants, and the pilot project that preceded it, is available here.

Enquiries

If you have any queries about the Strategic Legal Fund, please contact the Project Manager, Gerry Hickey, at SLF@migrationwork.org or on 07773767706.

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