New Judgment: Makhlouf v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Northern Ireland)  UKSC 59
16 Wednesday Nov 2016
On appeal from:  NICA 86
In this appeal against an order for deportation of a foreign criminal who has children who are citizens of and residents in the UK, the appellant’s case was dismissed. Whilst separate consideration of the children’s best interests is required, and this must rank as a primary consideration, in this case the appellant had no relationship with his children. Though there was a possibility of such a relationship developing, the Court saw this as extremely unlikely, and recognised that whilst children are rights-holders on their own account, their rights are not a passport to another person’s rights. Thus there was nothing to suggest that the best interests of these children required the appellant to remain in the UK.
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