US and UK responses to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

The US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced his decision to designate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This is in consequence to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa. As a result, eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the United States may apply for TPS with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The designations mean that eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) will not be removed from the United States and are authorised to work.

The UK Home Office have a different view. The Home Office does not consider it is appropriate to introduce a concession to grant leave because of the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. The Home Office goes on to state that an individual should not be granted asylum soley on the grounds that they fear returning to a place where Ebola is prevalent.

However, the Home Office accepts that the outbreak has had a significant impact on the healthcare systems in the countries affected - diverting resources away from the treatment of non-Ebola related diseases. Therefore, a claim that a person may face a breach of Article 3 of the ECHR on return to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone, based on serious illness should be carefully considered.

Changes at Seraphus

After five years providing services within the Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush area Seraphus has relocated to a new location at 1 East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT. The relocation will give us greater exposure to new industries and provide us with a foundation upon which we can expand our services beyond immigration, asylum and human rights...please keep returning to our blog for updates.

Our new office is located in London, on top of Smithfield Market. Our address is Innovation Warehouse, First Floor, One East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT. The nearest Underground station is Barbican, servicing the Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines, (6 minute walk) and the nearest rail station is Farringdon, servicing Thameslink and Southeastern trains (3 minute walk). Alternative Underground stations include Chancery Lane (8 minute walk) and St Paul’s (10 minute walk), both servicing the Central Line.

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