May 2018

For art’s sake…

By Rita Chadha Personally speaking, I am uneasy about artists intervening and engaging with migrants. There is a tendency for this kind of artistic effort to be voyeuristic, exploitative, or just plain uncomfortable. More generally, there is always a tension between the process of providing a therapeutic outlet and galvanising political change through art, on […]

Revised Home Office guide on study restrictions

Judges received new guidance on the implementation of immigration bail, written by the president of  the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), Judge Clements. The newly published 19-page guidance takes into account changes made to the immigration bail system introduced by the Immigration Act 2016. The guidance replaces the old Presidential Guidance Note, which was

Warning holidaymakers on modern slavery risks

The government released a statement warning young British holidaymakers of modern slavery risks, launching a Border Force operation to help “raise awareness of labour exploitation amongst young sun seekers.” But this statement – and the attention on working-holidaying Brits in tourist locations and their labour rights – reveals an attitude completely divergent from the government’s

New immigration and visa services contract outsourced to Sopra Steria

European IT firm, Sopra Steria, received a government contract to operate the United Kingdom’s digital visa service.  The new service will deliver a streamlined application process from over 60 locations across the country, including 56 local libraries, according to the government announcement which can be read in full here.  Sopra Steria is a European information

Understanding the EU asylum system

The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament (S&D Group) has launched a communication campaign ahead of World Refugee Day. They will be posting weekly videos and articles disseminated on their social media outlets, focusing on the personal stories of four refugees: Arwa, Aurore, Hassibulah and Hussein. The aim is to show citizens and institutions

Freed Voices respond to the Immigration minister

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes was the latest person to be called to answer the Home Affairs Select Committee about detention.  Detention Action has gathered responses by members of advocacy group Freed Voices, made up of individuals who have been through the detention system. Their answer to Minister Nokes’ testimony, in video format, can be seen

Home Secretary launches Windrush scheme

The Home Secretary announced last week that legislation has been introduced to bring into force a package of measures under a Windrush scheme. A call to evidence to enable members of the Windrush generation to share their experiences and help shape a bespoke compensation scheme was also launched earlier this month. This will run until

New data rules ‘threaten immigration status for thousands’

Last week, MPs voted to exempt the Home Office from data protection rules that previously allowed people to access what information public authorities hold on them. This will make contesting immigration decisions more difficult than it currently is. The Data Protection Act 1998 gave individuals a right to access information held about them through a

Behind the scenes at the Migrants’ Rights Network

In April 2018, the MRN Board agreed a new, five-year strategic and business plan for 2018-2023. We would love for you to get involved. We believe the plan speaks to a number of the key issues we all so passionately care about, and convenes many different stakeholders: migrants themselves, migrant and refugee community organisations, researchers,

The UK’s Future Immigration System and Access to Talent

Yesterday saw the publication of a new report by Ernst & Young reflecting on the need for migrant labour in the UK. More than the data used to illustrate the very striking and clear recommendations, the report paints a clear message that that it is time for us to collectively vision a new immigration system

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