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Following on from my previous 4 posts on this subject, I have read on the excellent Refugee Legal Group forum that there is to be a further charter flight removal to Sri Lanka in October 2012, possibly on the 2 or 19 October 2012. At the moment I have been notified that any of my clients are to be removed and none of my solicitors have contacted me to tell likewise. However as a direct access immigration barrister it pays to be on ones’ toes given that the UKBA seems to be keen on effecting what appears to be regular charter flights to Sri Lanka. Readers of my earlier blogs on this issue will see my view, gained through years of direct access immigration work that the UKBA and the Secretary of State sees Sri Lanka as an easy option for getting the number of removals up.

I am also pleased to see that others are alive to the current fashion for charter flights to Sri Lanka, there are a number of excellent posts on the Free movement immigration blog which can be found at http://www.freemovement.org.uk/, a site which I wholeheartedly commend to anyone practising in the immigration field or who has an interest in immigration law and wants to stay abreast of current affairs.

Paul Turner is a well regarded direct access immigration barrister licensed by the Bar Standards Board to provide immigration advice and services directly to the public. He practices at 10 Kings Bench Walk Temple London EC4Y 7EB