Colin Yeo

Colin Yeo

Colin Yeo is a barrister specialising in immigration law and author of Refugee Law (Bristol University Press, 2022) and Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System (Biteback Publishing, June 2020).

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The UK response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis

Should Ukrainian refugees claim asylum in the first safe country they reach? Colin Yeo takes a look at the rights of entry under the international system carefully established by the Refugee Convention versus the UK’s blunt alternative – the Nationality and Borders Bill

11 May 2022

Refugee Channel crossings: the legal position

Crossing the busiest shipping lane in the world in a small dinghy may or may not be ‘bad and stupid and dangerous’, but is it really criminal? An analysis of the legal position, by Colin Yeo 

07 October 2020

Some citizens are more equal than others

Citizenship-stripping: principled, random or opportunistic? The fall of ISIS and potential return to the UK of British citizens who left to fight under its banner confronts ministers with difficult and divisive issues

18 April 2019

Film review: Paddington 2: life in the hostile environment

Immigration barrister Colin Yeo reviews Paddington 2

Warning: contains spoilers – and information about the plot too

19 December 2017

Citizens of nowhere?

Colin Yeo examines the status of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU after Brexit

On 26 June 2017, over a year after the Brexit referendum result, the government finally published its proposals to ‘safeguard the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU’. 

25 July 2017

Paddington the client

Colin Yeo examines the legal issues thrown up by the arrival on these shores of the fictitious immigrant from darkest Peru.

Law is pretty abstract. Unlike the role of a doctor or a builder, that of a lawyer is difficult to explain to a young mind.

09 February 2015
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Justice at the polls

The Chair of the Bar launches a Manifesto for Justice as campaigning gets under way

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