Immigration and Refugee Law

Module code: LLBP 3004

Module description

In October 2013, Italy declared a day of national mourning over the death of 300 migrants who drowned when they attempted to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa. In September 2014, 500 migrants died; it was reported that traffickers intentionally rammed their boat. How does the law respond to such tragedies? Who qualifies for refugee status? The coalition government wants to cut immigration; will the laws that are intended to implement this plan work? How will immigration law affect people who want to migrate to the UK for study, work or live with members of their family?

We will discuss these questions; we will investigate how far border controls can (and should) operate and the extent to which people who apply for asylum are allowed to access benefits, employment and housing. We will investigate claims for refugee status by people who flee harm linked to their gender or sexuality. We will consider immigration detention. We will explore what would happen if a member of the army who was accused of shooting civilians during the civil war in Syria (or a similar conflict elsewhere) applied for refugee status in the UK.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Seminars: 44 hours


  • Essay (2000 words): 40%
  • Unseen examination (120 mins): 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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