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News: ECRE and UNHCR Concerned over the ending of Mare Nostrum without European rescue initiative to replace it.


ECRE and UNHCR have warned that ending Italy’s rescue operation Mare Nostrum without replacing it by a well-resourced European search and rescue initiative would mean more deaths at sea.

One year ago, just a few days after more than 300 people drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy launched the Mare Nostrum operation to ensure search and rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean. Since then, Mare Nostrum has saved around 150,000 people.

“Everyone was horrified at the loss of lives off Lampedusa one year ago. Italy did something about it. Now this life-saving Mare Nostrum operation is at stake. Refugees, many fleeing war in Syria and oppression in Eritrea, cannot stay in lawless Libya and it is not possible for them to reach a safe place legally and safely. If Mare Nostrum ends without being replaced by a well-resourced operation whose priority is to save lives, more people will die in their attempt to reach our shores. A European effort is urgently needed, if the EU is really serious about putting an end to the deaths in the Mediterranean,” said ECRE’s Secretary General Michael Diedring.

Read the full article online via the ECRE website here: ECRE and UNHCR Concerned over the ending of Mare Nostrum without European rescue initiative to replace it.

Further news and social media coverage of this story are available via the following links:

BBC News – UK opposes future migrant rescues in Mediterranean

The Independent – UK axes support for Mediterranean migrant rescue operation

The Independent – Italy’s decision to end Mare Nostrum will put the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees at risk

Amnesty International – Is there ever a justification for leaving people to drown in the Med?

The Telegraph – Drown an immigrant to save an immigrant: why is the Government borrowing policy from the BNP?

The Guardian – Italian navy says it will continue refugee rescue mission despite plan to scrap it

The Guardian – Migrants’ tales: ‘I feel for those who were with me. They got asylum in the sea’

The Independent – European governments must come to the rescue of asylum-seekers

ECRE – Mare Nostrum to end – New Frontex operation will not ensure rescue of migrants in international waters

UNHCR – UNHCR concerned over ending of rescue operation in the Mediterranean


New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

Investigated or ignored? An analysis of race-related deaths since the Macpherson report, by Harmit Athwal and Jon Burnett (Institute of Race Relation.

Since the publication of the Macpherson report in 1999, into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, at least ninety-three people have lost their lives as a result of racially motivated attacks (or attacks with a known or suspected racial element) in the UK, according to research by the IRR. The criminal justice system’s response to these deaths is analysed in a new report: Investigated or ignored? An analysis of race-related deaths since the Macpherson report.

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See Also – Investigated or ignored?

User guide to the Home Office migrant journey
By the UK Home Office.

The user guide is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes on theissues and classifications which are key to the production and presentation of the Home Office’s migrant journey.

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Migrant journey: fourth report
By the UK Home Office.

This report is the fourth in a series of reports that explore migrants’ journeys through the UK’s immigration system.


See Also: Migrants’ Rights Network:  Home Office releases new resources on UK immigration.

Employment and occupational skill levels among UK and foreign nationals
By the UK Home Office.
ISBN 978 1 78246 225 5, Occasional Paper 108

Examines employment levels changes, in the context of longer-term labour market trends, recent economic conditions and immigration policy changes.


UK Government Publishes Latest Migration Data

UK Government Publishes Latest Migration Data

Full details can be found as follows:

Home Office immigration statistics: user guide:
User Guide to Home Office Immigration Statistics – [Download PDF]
“This user guide to Home Office immigration statistics is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes on the Home Office’s quarterly immigration statistics releases.”

Immigration Statistics, October to December 2013:
“This release presents immigration statistics from Home Office administrative sources, covering the period up to the end of December 2013.”

Monthly asylum application tables – [Link]

Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers – [Link]
“The figures maybe revised in subsequent quarterly immigration publications and should be seen as provisional.”

Tables for ‘Immigration statistics, October to December 2013’ – [Link]
“Listing of the data tables included in ‘Immigration statistics, October to December 2013’.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 27th February 2014, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:


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

See Also:

Migrants’ Rights Network – Migration statistics are difficult reading for Cameron but prove critics right

Migrants’ Rights Network – Asylum applications up by 21% across Europe in 2013

New Research Report: Migrant Roma in the UK

New Research Report: Migrant Roma in the UK

A new report which seeks to estimate the population of migrant Roma in the UK and document some of the experiences local authorities and key partners have when working with members of these communities is now available from here http://www.shusu.salford.ac.uk/cms/news/article/?id=51 The report from the University of Salford’s Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), is based on a survey of all UK local authorities and interviews with professionals in selected case study areas. The study was generously funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT).The research has generated a number of findings which include:



·         There is approximate 200,000 migrant Roma living in the UK who have migrated in the recent past


·         The majority of the population lives in England with significant concentrations mainly in urban areas


·         The population of migrant Roma is likely to be of comparable size to the population of indigenous Roma (e.g. Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers etc.) and is likely to equate to at least 400,000-500,000 Roma in the UK when combined


·         When needs arise there is often a complex interplay of factors involving health, education and housing etc.


·         Their experience in the UK is typically punctuated by experiences of entrenched discrimination in their countries of origin

·         Local authorities and partners appear to work well with members of these communities but this appears hampered by not having ready access to resource.


Several UK Government Publications of Note

Factsheet: The UK’s humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis
By the UK Department for International Development[Download Full Report]

DFID management response to the ICAI recommendations on DFID’s health programmes in Burma, August 2013
By the UK Department for International Development
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Dealing with illegal and unauthorised encampments: a summary of available powers
By the UK Department for Communities and Local Government
Ref: ISBN 9781409839903 PDF, 96.3KB, 13 pages

This is the latest edition of the summary of powers on illegal and unauthorised occupation of land. It now includes the removal of restrictions, from planning law, on Temporary Stop Notices for unauthorised caravan encampments which are a main residence.

The “Occupy” encampment at St Paul’s Cathedral brought into focus the question of balance between the right to peaceful protest and the disruptive impact of the illegal occupation of land. The formation of unauthorised campsites can cause problems for the general public and private landowners.

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Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation; consultation document
By the UK Home Office.
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Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation: overview of the proposals
By the UK Home Office.
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Home Office immigration consultation: written ministerial statement
By the UK Home Office.
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New Publications on the United Kingdom

New MuslimsThe New Muslims. (Runnymede Perspectives).
A new report by The Runnymede Trust and written by Claire Alexander, Victoria Redclift and Ajmal Hussain.

‘The New Muslims’ report finds that dominant perception of Muslims are damaging as they do not take into account the vast complexities and differences in British Muslim identities. This report examines the wide range of Muslim identities in the UK through looking at a number of factors, including changing demographics, Muslims in the army, Muslims in the media, the unique histories of different Muslim groups in the UK, and youth culture. It makes recommendations based on the failure of policy to reflect the lived experiences of British Muslims.

This report is published weeks after the Home Office has been accused of using racial profiling in Stop and Search and the ‘Go Home’ campaign, and during a time when the Government will be revisiting its approach to integration and security after the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013

Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (PDF 0.67mb)
Report on an unannounced inspection of Brook House Immigration Removal Centre 28 May – 7 June 2013 by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Report on an announced inspection of Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (4-8 March 2013) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
Report by by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Immigration from the United Kingdom to Israel

By Laura Staetsky, Marina Sheps and Jonathan Boyd
A new report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.
“On average, over the past twenty years, fewer than two British Jews in every 1,000 have made aliyah each year. Intuitively, that feels very low, but contrasted with aliyah rates from other English-speaking countries, this figure is actually quite high. Aliyah from Britain may not be the most significant immigration for the State of Israel, but it is part of a bigger story shaping the future of the Jewish world, and needs to be carefully monitored and understood.”

To read the report in full, click here.
To read the media coverage, click here.

‘A tale of two Jewish populations’: JPR releases third report showing demographic change since 2001

Today sees the publication of JPR’s third report drawing on the 2011 National Census data.  Our first report, published in December 2012, looked at the UK Jewish population at Local Authority (LA) level, and noted that whilst the size of the Jewish population of England and Wales has remained largely static since 2001, there are significant changes taking place at the local level.  Our second report, published in February 2013, also focused on geography, examined the changes that have taken place at the neighbourhood level.

To read the new report in full, please click here.


New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom.

Social and public service impacts of international migration at the local level.
Ref: ISBN 978 1 78246 131 9, Home Office Research Report 72 .
Produced by the UK Home Office.

This research was conducted to provide further evidence on the social and public service impacts of migration at the local level.

It examines migrant composition and impacts at the local, rather than the national, level. It presents a local authority typology, classifying all local authorities within England and Wales into twelve discrete groups, on the basis of key migration and socio-economic indicators, including the different migrant types (e.g. workers, students) and nationalities of migrants they have recently received.

Additionally, the research examines impacts of different types of migrant, rather than focusing on migrants as a homogenous group. It considers impacts on different public services (e.g. health services and education) and the local economy.

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See also:
The Daily Telegraph – Immigrants create overcrowding and fuel tensions, report finds
Daily Mail – True toll of mass migration on UK life: Half of Britons suffer under strain placed on schools, police, NHS and hounsing

IPS annual report and accounts 2012 to 2013:The 2012-13 annual report and accounts for the Identity and Passport Service (now known as HM Passport Office).
Produced by the UK Home Office.

Executive agency highlights the role it plays in supporting the Home Office’s priorities, such as public protection, reducing the impact and likelihood of identity crime, and preventing terrorism.

This 2012 to 1013 report covers the key performance indicators, principal activities, business and future developments and performance.

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Risk factors for congenital anomaly in a multiethnic birth cohort: an analysis of the Born in Bradford study.
Article by Dr Eamonn Sheridan … (et al.)
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 4 July 2013.

Congenital anomalies are a leading cause of infant death and disability and their incidence varies between ethnic groups in the UK. Rates of infant death are highest in children of Pakistani origin, and congenital anomalies are the most common cause of death in children younger than 12 in this ethnic group. We investigated the incidence of congenital anomalies in a large multiethnic birth cohort to identify the causes of the excess of congenital anomalies in this community.

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See also:
The Independent – Marriage between first cousins ‘doubles risk of having baby with life-threatening birth defects’

Precarious Lives, Experiences of forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers in England.
Report from Economic and Social Research Council.

This research uncovered evidence that refugees and asylum seekers are susceptible to forced labour in the UK. The findings are based on a two-year study by academics at the Universities of Leeds and Salford, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research explored experiences of forced labour among 30 people who had made claims for asylum in England, supplemented by interviews with 23 practitioners and policy-makers.

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