Is Mnangagwa’s New  Government paving the way for  UK mass removals of failed Zimbabwean Asylum Claimants ?

Three months.  That is  the amount of time the UK Government  gave  undocumented Zimbabweans before broaching  the subject of enforcing their return  following Mugabe’s ouster on 21 November 2017.  Time to come down from the  lingering  false high induced  by Mugabe’ s departure, back to a crashing reality and forlorn acceptance  that,  “Hapana zvambochinja muZimbabwe”, ie nothing much has changed in Zimbabwe.

Apparently, it has been reported by various Zimbabwean media outlets on 13 February 2018, that one of Zimbabwe’s Vice Presidents,  Kembo Mohadi met  with the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Catriona Lang in Harare. An interesting array of  subjects came up for discussion,  however the one  that has made the headlines is an announcement by the British  Government of its intention  to  repatriate some 2500 undocumented Zimbabweans  residing  in the UK.  It has been  reported that  the Vice President   told journalists after the meeting that,  “ Zimbabwean has no problems receiving its nationals back but would want them vetted  to ensure  they are genuine  Zimbabweans before taking them back”. 


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Non EEA family members and retained rights of residence : Pitfalls faced by divorced applicants and how to overcome them

What usually proves problematic for non EEA family members seeking to assert their rights following divorce and upon application, is that having regard to the EEA Regulations and current accompanying Home Office Guidance, in addition to other evidence, they will be required to provide documentation relating to the EEA National Sponsors’ identity and nationality as well as evidence that the EEA national was exercising free movement rights at the time that the parties divorced. An affected applicant’s inability to provide the EEA national’s valid passport or nationality identity card or evidence of the EEA national’s employment at the relevant date of divorce might result in a refusal of that application.

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