The migration statistics released today show that net migration has again risen substantially, standing at 336,000 in the year ending June 2015. This is an increase of 82,000 compared to the same period last year. For all the Government’s fixation on the net migration target, it has been unable to drive numbers down.
In total, 636,000 people moved to the UK in the year ending June 2015, compared with 574,000 in the previous year, an increase of 62,000. Emigration decreased slightly to 300,000 over the same period, compared with 320,000 last year.
The Government must stop its self-destructive focus on the Net Migration Statistics
The new migration figures which are expected to be above 330,000 show that the Government has once again failed to meet its target to drive down net migration.
In response to today’s statistics Chai Patel, Legal and Policy Director of JCWI said:
Call for Evidence
JCWI calls on all immigration practitioners to contribute evidence of their experiences of decisions to certify cases under section 94B of the Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Act 2002, as introduced by the Immigration Act 2014.
The Government is currently seeking to extend the ‘deport first, appeal later’ policy to all immigration appeals through the Immigration Act 2015, despite a complete lack of evidence to suggest that the scheme has worked as intended, or that it will not lead to serious human rights breaches.
Up until last Tuesday David Cameron was insistent that it was necessary to ban EU migrants from all benefits for up to four years, and that this would reduce the so-called pull factors attracting people to the UK. So why has be now backed down?
In advance of the second reading of the Immigration Bill 2015 tomorrow, JCWI has been working with opposition leaders to scrutinise the provisions and oppose the passage of Bill through Parliament. Our briefing for the Second Reading is available to download. We have serious reservations on many aspects of the Bill, which are detailed below.
There is widespread opposition to the Bill in Parliament, with reasoned amendments laid by the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party which could prevent the debate taking place tomorrow.
In Theresa May's Conservative party conference speech she warned that high levels of immigration make it ‘impossible to build a cohesive society’ as it is ‘difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope’.
Instead of framing migration as a threat to Britain’s cohesion, the Government should be proactive and create a practical policy whereby the additional tax generated by increased immigration is fed back into target areas of high immigration.
Last Thursday saw the publication of the Conservative Government’s Immigration Bill. The Second Reading of the Bill is on 13 October 2015. The Bill builds on the 2014 Act, representing the latest extension of their aim to create a ‘hostile environment’ for irregular migrants in the UK.
The overarching aim of the provisions is to “prevent illegal immigration and remove incentives for illegal migrants to enter or remain in the UK and encourage them to depart”. The Bill contains a raft of measures aimed at combatting illegal working and restricting access to services for irregular migrants, as well as changes to the appeals system, immigration bail and asylum support.
Research carried out by JCWI and Middlesex University on behalf of the Children’s Commissioner for England was launched today, revealing the severe detriment that the minimum income requirement of £18,600 p.a. needed to sponsor a non-EEA spouse/ partner has caused - and continues to cause - to children and their families since its introduction to the family migration rules in July 2012.. Full report available here.
JCWI has opposed these changes since their inception and has campaigned on many aspects of the July 2012 changes.
A new scheme requiring private landlords to check prospective tenants' immigration status is making it harder for people with every right to be in the UK to find a place to call home, says Chartered Institute of Housing policy adviser John Perry.
The Home Office is pushing ahead with the roll-out of immigration checks by private landlords, but has still not published its evaluation of the first phase of the scheme. In the meantime, an independent assessment confirms many of the worries that the Chartered Institute of Housing and others had when the idea was first put forward.
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