New wave of nationalism could scupper Italy’s bid for EU-wide response to migrant boats
“Thirty lifeless bodies found in the bow of a fishing boat carrying 600 migrants off the coast of Sicily have reignited the debate on illegal crossings in the Mediterranean and how the EU should respond. The Italian navy is facing an unprecedented flow of migrants across the sea, with the number intercepted in first half of 2014 already outnumbering those of the past year and at levels seen in 2011 during the Arab Spring.”
Two steps forward, one step back for the family migration campaign | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The day began with an APPG on Migration meeting, attended by over 100 people, including affected families, thinktanks and parliamentarians from across the political parties. The meeting was chaired by Paul Blomfield MP and addressed by Conservative MP Andrew Percy, Katy Clark MP (Labour) and Lord Robin Teverson (Liberal Democrat), as well as conservative thinktank director Ryan Shorthouse (Bright Blue) and JCWI’s Saira Grant. The meeting saw compelling arguments for rethinking the family migration rules put forward by all sides, most thoughtfully from Bright Blue director Ryan Shorthouse. He offered up his views on why the current rules are simply incompatible with core Conservative values. Over the coming months we hope that these alternative critiques of the rules will be able to reach new audiences and build support for a change in the rules.”
Modern Slavery: We need more than ‘first aid’ for victims – outright prevention should be the goal | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“As the response to recent strike action on the part of public sector workers shows, it is not always easy to convince people of the need to protect the rights of all workers, British or migrant. It is particularly hard in the face of high-unemployment and a struggling economy when the argument is put that migrant workers are filling roles British workers could take.”
Court of Appeal rules against challenge to lawfulness of family immigration rules | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The long-awaited judgment of the Court of Appeal in the case ‘MM’ on the matter of the lawfulness of the UK immigration rules setting income levels for the sponsorship of non-EEA family members was made public this morning.
The Court ruled that the Secretary of State’s rules, though discriminatory in their effect, had a legitimate objective and were for this reason not unlawful.
The immigration rule which was subject to the proceedings requires the British resident sponsor of a non-EEA spouse to demonstrate an income of at least £18,600 per annum in order that a visa be issued. In the event that a non-EEA national child is being sponsored a further £3,800 per annum income is required for the first child and £2,400 for each additional child after that. Provisions also exist for the sponsor to demonstrate a means to support through the savings of amounts indicated by the rules being available.”
High court rules Detained Fast Track leads to an ‘unacceptable risk of unfairness’ | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“In a landmark ruling, the High Court has today found that the way the government operates the Detained Fast Track asylum system is unlawful. The judgment follows a legal challenge brought by charity Detention Action against the use of the Detained Fast Track System.
The Detained Fast Track is a system of deciding asylum claims whilst the asylum-seeker is in detention. It is designed for asylum claims that are considered to be suitable for a quick decision. The fast track process was originally set up in 2002 in response to increased numbers of asylum applications. In 2002 there were 84,132 applications for asylum in the UK. In 2012 there were 21,875 such applications.”
Department of Health publishes plans to charge overseas patients | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The Department of Health (DH) has today published its plans to recover costs for NHS treatment of visitors and migrants.
The Visitor & Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme: Implementation plan 2014-16 sets out two approaches towards recovering the cost of treatment.
The first of these is improving the ability of the NHS to recover the costs of healthcare provided to European Economic Area (EEA) patients (non-resident in the UK) from their home member state. This will be achieved through making greater use of European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) system as well as the S1 and S2 agreements. ”
Migration Advisory Committee releases report into migrants in low-skilled jobs in the UK | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The Migration Advisory Committee has today released a detailed examination of migrants in low-skilled jobs in the UK and their wider impacts. In 2013 there were 2.1 million foreign born workers in low-skilled jobs in the UK, one million of whom had come to the UK since 2004.
Many of the findings of the MAC research echo those of prior investigations into low-paid migrant workers, including noting issues relating to labour conditions and the high number of migrants employed through agencies. The MAC finds that ‘the availability of migrant workers combined with the low level of labour market regulations has enabled some employers to maximize the advantages to them and, at the same time, allowed migrants to acquire a significant place in the UK labour market, particularly in low-skilled sectors’.”
EU Commission publishes study on migrant access to social security and healthcare | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The European Migration Network (EMN), which works under the aegis of the Home Affairs Directorate of the European Commission, has published a study entitled Migrant access to social security and healthcare:policies and practice .
The study notes that “Social security systems, including access to healthcare, constitute one of the most powerful tools to reduce poverty and inequality and promote social inclusion.”
The provision of social security and healthcare systems depends on countries having active workforces acting to sustain growth in economies and generate taxation revenues to pay for support that is needed. In the ageing societies which are typical of Europe, these workforces emerge at least in part from the migration of workers across national frontiers.”
The business of child detention | Institute of Race Relations
“In 2010 the British government announced that the outrage of child detention for immigration purposes was to end. Simultaneously, however, it commissioned the opening of a new family detention centre, CEDARS, which was to be run under novel governance arrangements by the Home Office, private security company G4S and the children’s charity Barnardo’s.”
United Nations News Centre – Emma Watson appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
“8 July 2014 – The UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women), today announced that it has tapped British actress Emma Watson as Goodwill Ambassador.
“We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women” said Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Known for playing the leading role of “Hermione Granger” in the Harry Potter saga, Ms. Watson has been involved with the promotion of girls’ education for several years, and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts. ”
Immigration on the doorstep in the Liberal Democrat battleground seats | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“Bradford East is currently held by Lib Dem MP David Ward, who on immigration issues has been an astute and committed campaigner, in particular, on family migration, a key issue impacting his constituents. An interesting and diverse constituency, Bradford East has a massive Asian community at almost 40% of the overall population, it is also a constituency with high home ownership rates (including mortgages), as well as an unusually young electorate.”
Migration and the pitfalls of the private rental market | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“Housing has become disproportionately expensive for most of London’s population, and this is reflected in the rental market. Supply is low, demand is high, and migrants face additional obstacles. Eastern Europeans form one of the largest migrant groups, yet they remain particularly vulnerable to the pitfalls of the rental sector. Solutions to help these migrants would also benefit the London population as a whole. “
Parliamentarians launch inquiry into immigration detention | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees have today launched a cross-party inquiry into the use of immigration detention.
The inquiry, which will be chaired by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather, will examine the use of detention in the UK immigration and asylum systems, with a particular focus on the conditions within detention centres, the impact on individual detainees and their families, the wider financial and social consequences, how detention is used in other countries, and the future role of detention within the immigration system.”
Modern Slavery Bill 2nd reading – MRN briefing | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“The Modern Slavery Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Commons this Tuesday.
The Modern Slavery Bill was introduced into the House of Commons in June 2014, following its mention in the 2014 Queen’s Speech. It has been informed by the findings of a Joint Committee in April 2014 on a draft version of the bill, which also gathered evidence from a range of NGOs and legal experts.”
Launch of Research Project on Multilingualism in UK Cities | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)
“A consortium led by MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, University of Birmingham, is conducting research on multilingualism in superdiverse neighbourhoods.
The 4-year research project, Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities, is a collaboration between four universities. The interdisciplinary research programme will develop new understandings of multilingual interaction in cities in the UK, and communicate these to policy-makers and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) runs from 2014 – 2018.
Globalisation and changing patterns of migration mean that ‘superdiverse’ cities are increasingly populated by speakers of multiple languages.Researchers from University of Birmingham, Birkbeck (University of London), University of Leeds, and Cardiff University will generate new knowledge about communication in changing urban communities.”
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14 – Publications – GOV.UK
This is part of a series of Annual Reports and Accounts, which presents the Government’s outturn and planned expenditure for 2013-14.”
Border Force bulletin: issue 16, June 2014 – Publications – GOV.UK
Latest edition of Border Force bulletin includes operational updates, a news round-up and details of border technology and transformation, detections and seizures and partnership working.”
Immigration Rules archive: 7 April to 5 May 2014 – Publications – GOV.UK
This version of the Immigration Rule has been replaced by the current Immigration Rules.”
Guidance on the main immigration routes for artists and entertainers coming to the UK for visits or work. – Publications – GOV.UK
“Read this guide if you are considering on making a visa application, or sponsoring an applicant if they want to work in the UK.
You should read the guidance before you apply.”
Section 55 of Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002: process – Publications – GOV.UK
“Asylum support policy bulletin about how UKVI applies section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 to the consideration of applications made for asylum support.”