May 8, 2018

Imagining a world without borders

by JILNA SHAH “Imagine that Martin Luther King never had a dream. Imagine that instead of thinking outside of the narrow confines of his time and place, he resolved to work only within them. Imagine then that he had risen to the steps of the Lincoln Monument and announced a 5-point plan, one he thought […]

An APPG meeting for the ages

by RITA CHADHA Last week’s Runnymede APPG meeting on Race and Community was without doubt one of the best Parliamentary meetings in recent memory. It brought together Windrush-generation veterans, ‘told you so’ activists, lawyers, and angry and bewildered parliamentarians. David Lammy MP opened with an impassioned address, with all the fire and zeal of a

‘Highly skilled’ migrants face deportation over tax mistake

#HomeOfficeAtax  is a new campaign launched by a collective of 400+ migrants who have been refused the right to settle in the UK because of tax discrepancies. In all cases, the discrepancies have been found to be genuine and honest errors, and are of little material significance. However the tax discrepancies are being used to

Local elections and place-making for migrants

by RITA CHADHA It has become common practice for the migration sector to look to elections as ‘game changer’ moments that can press reset on an otherwise toxic debate – especially true of national elections and Brexit. However, when it comes to local elections, the sector often remains far more muted, believing that its scrutiny

What’s behind the Hostile Environment?

by CORPORATE WATCH Theresa May’s anti-migrant “Hostile Environment” policies caused misery for years before hitting the news over the Windrush scandal. And they are part of a longer trend. Labour governments passed five major immigration acts in 1999-2009. These dramatically expanded the detention and deportation system, and cut away asylum rights. Yet, after 20 years

Understanding ‘Windrush’ – Expert briefing

The APPG on Migration has published an expert briefing on the Windrush issue, providing legal and historical background to recent headlines. UK residents who arrived in the UK before 1973 and who have a legitimate right to live in the UK have been caught up in the ‘hostile environment’ created by the 2014 and 2016

50% of asylum decisions overturned on appeals

Figures released last month show that nearly half of initial asylum decisions by the Home Office are later overturned through the appeals process. The number of appeals being upheld has increased over the last three years. This has prompted the Law Society to issue a strongly-worded statement claiming that the current system “undermines the rule

NHS bosses link doctor shortages to immigration rules

Gherson immigration specialists write that NHS bosses have attributed worsening staff rota gaps and patient waiting times to an increase in the number of doctors who are being refused permission to work in the UK. Healthcare trust leaders have written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and wrote to former Home Secretary Amber Rudd in an

The conflicts that create refugees

The International Crisis Group’s latest Crisis Watch update highlights continuing conflicts as well as looming threats which are causing mass population displacement.   Deteriorated Situations: Central African Republic, Somalia, Nigeria, Taiwan Strait, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Nicaragua, Israel/Palestine, Yemen, Libya Conflict Risk Alerts: Burundi, Central African Republic, Israel/Palestine, Yemen Resolution Opportunities: None April saw the conflict in

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