TS, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: Admn 26 Oct 2010

The claimant had sought asylum as a child, declaring that he had not applied for asylum elsewhere. His fingerprints were matched to an applicant in Belgium.
Held: Wyn Williams J construed section 55 and the statutory guidance referred to in section 55(3) as imposing upon the decision maker, the UK Borders Agency caseworker, a duty to treat the best interests of the child concerned as a primary consideration when exercising an immigration/asylum function. Section 55(3) placed a personal responsibility upon the decision maker to have regard to the statutory guidance which included the requirement, at paragraph 6, that the decision maker must apply the guidance as to the welfare of children, and, ‘if they decide to depart from it, have clear reasons for doing so’. The judge found that since UKBA had not addressed the claimant’s case that a removal to Belgium would be ‘detrimental to his welfare’ the decision made was unlawful.

Wyn Williams J
[2010] EWHC 2614 (Admin), [2011] Imm AR 164
Borders Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 55
England and Wales
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Immigration, Children

Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.425575