Tag Archives: UKBA

New UK Migration Statistics Released and the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR)

Migration is down. Source: Gov.uk – New figures show net migration is decreasing

The UK Home Office has just published the latest immigration statistics for the period January to March 2013.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 23rd May 2013, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/may-2013/index.html

The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published quarterly by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

ONS have also published the Short-term International Migration Annual Report. It can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/short-term-migration/short-term-migration-estimates-for-england-and-wales/mid-2011-estimates/stim.html

ONS have also released a short story on “Seasonal Patterns of Long-term International Migration”, which can be accessed from the following link:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/migration1/migration-statistics-quarterly-report/may-2013/seasonal-patterns-of-ltim.html

We would welcome any comments on any of our products. Please contact migstatsunit@ons.gov.uk with any comments.

How we are reducing net migration Source – Gov.uk – New figures show net migration is decreasing

Further Information:

Gov.uk – New figures show net migration is decreasing

Daily Telegraph – Net migration to the UK falls by a third

The Guardian – UK net migration shrinks further, official figures show

The Guardian – Net migration to the UK: down 89,000 in a year

The Guardian – The UK’s immigration crackdown will lead to a loss of international talent

The Guardian – Stop playing a crude numbers game with immigration. We must be open

BBC – Net migration to UK down by a third, figures show

 

UK Border Agency | Calls for evidence for balance of competences reviews

Calls for evidence for balance of competences reviews

14 May 2013

The Government is carrying out a review of the balance of competences between the EU and the UK. This is an audit of what the EU does and how it affects the UK and will be carried out over four semesters between Autumn 2012 and Autumn 2014.

The Home Office is leading on two reports in the second semester, which runs from Spring 2013 to Winter 2013, in the following areas:

  • Asylum and Immigration; and
  • Free Movement of Persons

The Free Movement of Persons report is being jointly led with the Department for Work and Pensions.

Calls for Evidence for both reports were launched on 15 May 2013 giving both individuals and interested groups the opportunity to contribute their views. The closing date for evidence is midday on 5 August 2013. For more information, and to find out how to submit evidence, please go to Gov.uk.

Article via UK Border Agency | Calls for evidence for balance of competences reviews.

News: UK Border Agency | UK Border Agency’s transition to Home Office

03 May 2013

On 1 April 2013 the UK Border Agency was split into two separate units within the Home Office: a visa and immigration service and an immigration law enforcement division. By creating two entities instead of one, we will be able to create distinct cultures. First, a high-volume service that makes high-quality decisions about who comes here, with a culture of customer satisfaction for businessmen and visitors who want to come here legally. And second, an organisation that has law enforcement at its heart and gets tough on those who break our immigration laws.

Over time we will move the content from the UK Border Agency’s website to the Government’s digital service at http://www.gov.uk. In the meantime, new and updated content added to this website will reflect the new Home Office structure and brand.

These organisational changes to the UK Border Agency do not affect the validity of any reference to the agency in any document or form on this website. The UK’s Immigration Rules will also remain in force.

via UK Border Agency | UK Border Agency’s transition to Home Office.

UK Border Agency | London Metropolitan University granted new licence for a probationary period

London Metropolitan University granted new licence for a probationary period

09 April 2013

International students will be permitted to enter the UK to study at London Metropolitan University from today.

This decision follows the removal of the university’s sponsor licence in August 2012.

A series of inspections carried out by the Home Office in the last 6 months have demonstrated that the university has made the necessary improvements to its systems and administration. The university now meets the requirements needed to sponsor international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

In line with Home Office policy, the university will now be subject to a probationary period in order to build a track record of compliance with the new students they enrol.

During this period there will also be a limit on the number of international students the university can enrol.

Home Office inspection teams looked at areas of concern that led to the revocation of the university’s licence last year, and have worked with university staff to ensure they have appropriate processes for recruiting and monitoring their international students.

Following revocation the Home Office was in contact with affected students directly, and provided regular news and guidance on its homepage. Advice and guidance on applying for a student visa can be found on our London Metropolitan University guidance page.

via UK Border Agency | London Metropolitan University granted new licence for a probationary period.

See also:

The Guardian – Ban on London Met University enrolling foreign students lifted

The Daily Telegraph – London Met regains licence to teach foreign students

The Daily Telegraph – London Metropolitan University continues legal fight over foreign students

New Report: When Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum

When Maternity Doesn't Matter - Refugee Council and Maternity Action reportWhen Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum is a joint report by the Refugee Council and Maternity Action. The Refugee Council has now released the following new stories providing further information on this report:

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter: Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum

Link:  www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/maternity

This joint Refugee Council and Maternity Action report looks at the experiences of pregnant women in the asylum system, based on interviews with asylum seeking women and midwives responsible for their care.

The findings show that the UK Border Agency’s ‘dispersal’ policies are putting the health of pregnant women and their babies at risk. By moving them to acommodation around the county, women are uprooted from essential healthcare and their support networks, leaving them isolated and vulnerable.

When Maternity Doesn’t Matter – download full report 

Download the summary 

What you can do

#DignityinPregnancyJoin our campaign today to help ensure no women nor their babies have to suffer as a result of UKBA policies.

Please see also:

UK Border Agency putting health of mothers and babies at risk
By the Refugee Council

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25 Feb 2013

– Midwives and MPs speak out in light of new report –

UK Border Agency policies are putting the health of hundreds of pregnant women and their babies at risk, a new report by Maternity Action and Refugee Council reveals today. The research found that the UK Border Agency is endangering the health of pregnant asylum seeking women and their babies by moving them to accommodation around the country, thereby removing them from essential healthcare and leading to isolation.

For the full news story, [click here].

 

Update: UKBA Press Release on the 3rd edition of the New Life in the UK handbook

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) have released a press release entitled. `New Life in the UK handbook published today’ which provides further information on the launch of the new third edition of the Life in the UK handbook.  Further details are as follows:

New Life in the UK handbook published today

 28 January 2013
Life in the UK handbook

Life in the UK handbook

An updated Life in the UK test handbook is now available to buy.

The new handbook supports the UK Border Agency’s Life in the UK test for migrants wishing to seek permanent residence in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen.

It has been updated to provide the reader with a more accurate reflection of living in the UK, with a greater focus on British culture and history. The handbook is user-friendly and has taken on board feedback from the user evaluation survey, the public and other interested parties.

The handbook celebrates British achievements and prominent individuals in the fields of science, culture, literature and sport. It also highlights the natural beauty and major landmarks of the UK. There is information on government, democracy, the legal system and how individuals can contribute to their community, plus a greater emphasis on the responsibilities as well as privileges of living in the UK.

It will fit easily into a pocket or bag and includes useful ‘check that you understand’ boxes at the end of every section, and a glossary of key words and phrases.

A new Life in the UK test will be introduced on 25 March 2013, 8 weeks after publication of the new handbook, to allow candidates time to prepare. Unlike the current test which only has questions on selected chapters, the new test will include questions on all sections of the new handbook, meaning that candidates will be tested on their knowledge of history and the law. The booking system will make it clear to candidates whether they are booking the new or old test.

[Link to Press Release]

 

New Report from the UK Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has just published their latest inspection report entitled, “An inspection of how the
UK Border Agency and Border Force handle customs and immigration offences at ports: May-October 2012.”

Further information can be found in the press releases, entitled: “Decisions in Marriage Applications are Reasonable but Chief Inspector Raises Concerns About Backlogs and a Lack of Consideration of the Best Interests of Children.”  The following information is taken from the press release:

The majority of decisions in marriage applications are reasonable said the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, but he was concerned about backlogs of cases and a lack of consideration of the best interests of children. These findings were published today (24th January) in an Independent Chief Inspector’s report looking at the way the UK Border Agency dealt with applications to enter, remain and settle in the UK on the basis of marriage or civil partnership.

The inspection examined the efficiency and effectiveness of the Agency’s handling of marriage and civil partnership applications, with a particular focus on the extent to which a consistent approach was adopted overseas and in the UK.

[Download Full Report]

Press Coverage of the Report

The Independent (24/01/2013) – Thousands of immigrants caught up in Border Agency forgotten box farce blunder

The Guardian (24/01/2013) – Inspector finds UK Border Agency backlog dating back 10 years

The Daily Telegraph (24/01/2013) – Immigration backlog of 16,000 migrants uncovered by inspectors

The Daily Telegraph (24/01/2013) – New backlog of 16,000 immigrants just a ‘customer service’ issue, says minister

The Refugee Council (24/01/2013) – More calls for improvements at UKBA: our response

 

New Publications on Fundamental Rights; Young People; Detention; Healthcare; and the UKBA

Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2011

Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2011

FRA Annual Report 2011 – Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2011.
By the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

This year’s FRA annual report chronicles the positive developments made in 2011 as well as the challenges facing the EU and its Member States in the field of fundamental rights, drawing on objective, reliable and comparable socio-legal data. It examines progress on EU and Member State rights obligations under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, covering the following topics: asylum, immigration and integration; border control and visa policy; information society and data protection; the rights of the child and protection of children; equality and non-discrimination; racism and ethnic discrimination; participation of EU citizens in the Union’s democratic functioning; access to efficient and independent justice; and rights of crime victims.

[Download Full Report]

Briefing: Inquiry into asylum support for children and young
people.
By The Children’s Society.
[Download Full Briefing]

‘A prison in the mind’: the mental health implications of detention
in Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.
A new report by the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG).
This reports reports on a study on the mental health effects of immigration detention based on case studies conducted at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.

‘A prison in the mind’ looks at the effects that long-term detention has had on a small sample of detainees held at Brook House IRC. Through interviews with both detainees and GDWG visitors, the study comes to the conclusion that while detention has a negative effect on detainees’ mental state, it may be inappropriate to label these symptoms as mental health problems, and instead could be seen as a normal reaction to the circumstances that long-term detainees find themselves in. The report makes a series of recommendations on the subject, primarily that those with diagnosed mental illnesses should never be detained.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrant’s Rights Network – New report argues that immigration detention creates ‘prisons of the mind’).

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has published two leaflets providing advice to recent migrants who want to know how to access NHS healthcare, and what is available for HIV+ people.

  1. ‘Will I Have to Pay?
  2. Universal access to primary care: A gateway for HIV testing, treatment and preventionUniversal access to primary care: A gateway for HIV testing, treatment and prevention

(Source: Migrant Rights’ Network – NAT publishes leaflets with advice for migrants on access to health services and rights to HIV treatment).

Changes to the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006.
UK Border Agency.
[Download Full Report]

 

New Journals on Feminist Economics; UKBA; Humanitarian Action; Somalia; and Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Special Issue: Gender and International Migration


Special Issue: Gender and International Migration

The latest Table of Contens for the journal, Feminist Economics: The international scholarly journal of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) has just been published.  Volume 18, Issue 2, 2012 is a special issue on the subject of `Gender and Forced Migration.’
Further details are available here:  http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfec20/18/2

UK Border Agency launches national allegations database.
A new article on the Open Democracy website.
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Sri Lanka: A hidden displacement crisis.
A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).

More than three years after the end of the 26-year armed conflict between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), nearly 470,000 people displaced during its various stages have returned to their home areas. This does not mean, however, that there is no internal displacement in the country any more. As of the end of September 2012, more than 115,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) were still living in camps, with host communities or in transit sites, or had been relocated, often against their will, to areas other than their places of origin.

[Download Full Report]

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The evolution and interpretation of

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The evolution and interpretation of humanitarian action in France

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The evolution and interpretation of humanitarian action in France

humanitarian action in France.
By Eleanor Davey.

This Working Paper provides a review of the French experience of humanitarian action over the twentieth century, and of the Francophone literature about this history. It illustrates the importance of national contexts in shaping ideas and discourses about humanitarian affairs, while also reflecting upon their place in a global history.

[Download Full Report]

Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia’s Displaced Population at Risk.
By Refugees International.
[Download Full Report]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: When everyone is silent: Reparation for survivors of wartime rape in Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A new report by Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
See Also: Amnesty International Press Release – Bosnia and Herzegovina: Time for Republika Srpska to make reparations for war-time rape

 

New Publication on `The work of the UK Border Agency (December 2011–March 2012)’

The UK Home Affairs Select Committee has recently published a report on `The work of the UK Border Agency (December 2011–March 2012: Fifth Report of Session 2012–13).’  The report is split into two volumes  as follows:

  • Volume I:  Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence – [Download Here]
  • Volume II:  Additional written evidence – [Download Here]

The Home Affairs Committee Press Release (Home Affairs Committee publishes report on the work of the UK Border Agency) argues that:

For the first time the Committee has collated the backlog of outstanding cases in the various areas where the Agency deals with casework. The Report criticises the Agency for failing to conclude the total backlog of 276,460 cases. This includes 150,000 individuals in the migration refusal pool which the Committee was extremely disturbed to hear about for the first time. The Committee finds it totally unacceptable that there are so many outstanding cases that the Agency has yet to work through.

Media reporting of this publication has included:

 

New Publications on Bangladesh; UKBA; Undocumented Women; Understanding Society; and Syria

"The Fear Never Leaves Me"

“The Fear Never Leaves Me”

“The Fear Never Leaves Me”: Torture, Custodial Deaths, and Unfair Trials after the 2009 Mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles.
By the Human Rights Watch.

The 57-page report provides a detailed account of the mutiny and documents serious abuses in the aftermath, including torture by security forces of people in custody on suspicion of planning the mutiny, and of ongoing concerns about fair trial violations in mass trials of hundreds of suspects at a time. The notorious Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has allegedly been involved in many of the abuses.

[Download Full Report]
Human Rights Watch Press Release – Bangladesh: Torture, Deaths of Jailed Mutiny Suspects.
(Source: Human Rights Watch)

Monthly asylum application tables – April 2012.
Published by the UK Home Office.
[Access]
(Source: Memo Issue 313 – Access)

Children entering detention held solely under Immigration Act powers May 2012.
Produced by the UK Home Office.
[Access]
(Source: Memo Issue 313 – Access)

Strategies to End Double Violence Against Undocumented Women – Protecting Rights and Ensuring Justice.
Produced by The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants – PICUM.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Memo Issue 313 – Access and Migrants’ Rights Network.)

Understanding Society: Findings 2012.
A new report edited by Stephanie L. McFall for the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.
[Download Full Report]
See Also News Story in The Guardian – Ethnic minorities in UK feel most British, research finds.
(Source: Memo Issue 313 – Access)

Torture Archipelago

Torture Archipelago

Torture Archipelago: Arbitrary Arrests, Torture, and Enforced Disappearances in Syria’s Underground Prisons since March 2011.
By Human Rights Watch.

This report is based on more than 200 interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch since the beginning of anti-government demonstrations in Syria in March 2011. The report includes maps locating the detention facilities, video accounts from former detainees, and sketches of torture techniques described by numerous people who witnessed or experienced torture in these facilities.

Human Rights Watch called on the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to adopt targeted sanctions against officials credibly implicated in the abuses.

[Download Full Report]
Human Rights Watch Press Release –Syria: Torture Centers Revealed).
(Source: International Criminal Law Bureau – New report unveils systematic nature of torture in Syria).

 

New Publications on the UKBA in Africa; Family Migration; South Kordofan; Migration; New Londoners

Humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan

Humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan

A Comparative inspection of the UK Border Agency visa sections in the Africa.
By John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

An inspection of the visa sections that process applications submitted in Africa compared the performance of the posts in Nairobi, Abuja, Pretoria and the UK Visa Section. The report revealed that previously inspected visa sections in Abuja and the UK Visa Section while showing some improvements still had significant room to improve further, particularly in regard to the quality of decision making.

[Download Full Report]
BBC New Story – UKBA staff ‘unfairly rejecting’ African visas, report finds
(Source:  Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration).

Government changes to the family migration rules.
A Migrants’ Rights Network  e-briefing.
[Download Briefing]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network).

Humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan: The need for a political solution.
HPG Briefing Notes, May 2012.
By the Humanitarian Practice Group.
[Download Briefing Note]
(Source:  Humanitarian Practice Group).

Trends and challenges in humanitarian civil-military coordination.
A new HPG Working Paper by Victoria Metcalfe, Simone Haysom and Stuart Gordon.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source:  Humanitarian Practice Group).

Migration and sustainable development.
By the  United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase

The New Londoners Refugee Week 2012 Supplement
Produced by the Migrants Resource Centre.
[Access]

New Publications on the Ivorian Crisis in Liberia; International Students and Net Migration; UNHCR

Save the Children Emergency Response to the Ivorian Crisis in Liberia
By Save the Children.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP)

International students and net migration in the UK.
A new report published by the Institute of Public Policy Research, (IPPR).

This report recommends that international students should be excluded from overall net migration figures, as moves to limit incoming student numbers for the sake of long-term migration figures put a valuable export market – higher education – at risk. A survey of the top 10 countries for international students suggests there is no international rule or standard preventing the UK from counting students in this way.

[Access  Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network).

Inspection of Border Control Operations at Terminal 3 Heathrow Airport.
New report published by John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network).

But When Will Our Turn Come? A Review of the Implementation of UNHCR’s Urban Refugee Policy in Malaysia, PDES/2012/02 (UNHCR, May 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

In the Shelter of Each Other: Notions of Home and Belonging amongst Somali Refugees in Nairobi, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 233 (UNHCR, May 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Light Years Ahead: Innovative Technology for Better Refugee Protection (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Statelessness in the Canadian Context: An Updated Discussion Paper (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

UNHCR Submission on Bill C-31: Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (UNHCR Canada, May 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

 

New Publications from the TSO on the UK Border Office; Immigration and The US-UK Extradition Treaty

The following reports have recently been published by the UK Stationary Office:

Work of the UK Border Agency

Work of the UK Border Agency

Work of the UK Border Agency (August–December 2011):  HC 1722, Twenty-first Report of Session 2010-12 – Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence.
Author: House of Commons – Home Affairs Committe

‘Immigration: The Points Based System – Student Route: Home Office: UK Border Agency (HC 1827)’ examines how students from countries outside the European Economic Area can study in the UK, provided they are sponsored by educational institutions licensed by the UK Border Agency. This points-based route is known as “Tier 4”.
(Source: The Stationary Office)

[Access]
(Source: The Stationary Office)

The US-UK Extradition Treaty

The US-UK Extradition Treaty

The US-UK Extradition Treaty: HC 644, Twentieth Report of Session 2010-12 – Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence.
Author: House of Commons – Home Affairs Committee.

The report ‘The US-UK Extradition Treaty (HC 644)’ urges the Government to act immediately to deal with growing public unease about the fairness of the US-UK Extradition Treaty as highlighted by the cases of Gary McKinnon, Richard O’Dwyer and Christopher Tappin.
(Source: The Stationary Office).

[Access]
(Source: The Stationary Office)

Immigration: The Points Based System - Student Route

Immigration: The Points Based System – Student Route

Immigration: The Points Based System – Student Route: Home Office: UK Border Agency: HC 1827, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12.
Author: National Audit Office (NAO).

‘Immigration: The Points Based System – Student Route: Home Office: UK Border Agency (HC 1827)’ examines how students from countries outside the European Economic Area can study in the UK, provided they are sponsored by educational institutions licensed by the UK Border Agency. This points-based route is known as “Tier 4”.
(Source: The Stationary Office).

[Access]
(Source: The Stationary Office)

New Publications on Mali; Harmonsdworth; Forced Labour; Family Migration; UKBA; Asylum Statistics; The New Londoners

Forced labour in the UK: the business angle

Forced labour in the UK: the business angle

UNHCR Position on Returns to Mali, 7 May 2012.
Written by UNHCR.
[Download Report]
(Source: UNHCR).

Independent Monitoring Board:  Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre Annual Report 2011.
A new report by the Independent Monitoring Board.
[Download the Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – Mental health provision for immigration detainees continues to cause concern, says Watchdog)

Forced labour in the UK: the business angle
A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
[Download the Report]
JRS Press release – Forced labour in the UK: the business angle
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – New report from JRF: Forced labour in the UK: the business angle)

Keeping Families Apart: The impact of a new income threshold for family migration.
A new report by Migrants’ Rights Network.
[Download the Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – ‘Keeping families apart’ – MRN briefing on family migration policy)

Independent Chief Inspector for the UKBA Inspection Plan for 2012-13
A new report by The Independent Chief Inspector for the UKBA.
[Download the Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – UKBA Chief Inspector publishes inspection plan for 2012-13)

Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries 2011.
A new statistical report produced by the UNHCR.
[Download the Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – UNHCR reports big rise in refugees claiming asylum in industrialised countries)

Getting support for dependants under Section 95 and Section 4 support
A new factsheet by the Asylum Support Appeals Project.
[Download the Factsheet]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – ASAP factsheet on obtaining Section 95 and Section 4 support for family dependents)

The New Londoners New Edition.
[Download the Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – Latest issue of online magazine ‘New Londoners’ now available)