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JCWI's immigration policy and campaigns work

JCWI works to promote justice, fairness and equality in immigration and asylum law and policy. One of the ways we seek to achieve this is through our policy, campaigning and lobbying work.

Our policy and campaigns team undertakes in-depth legal and policy research and publishes accurate information for journalists, policy-makers and members of the public, in addition to our media and lobbying work. You can read and download our recent policy briefings and reports here

Our policy and campaign work also involves speaking up for the rights of migrants in the UK and countering the widespread hostile and negative narrative on migration issues. We are frequently approached for comment and interview in local and national print and broadcast media. You can see our recent media appearances here

JCWI’s policy and campaigns work is informed by our dedicated team of experienced immigration solicitors. If you are affected by any of the issues on this page, we may be able to provide direct legal advice and assistance. For more information, see Legal Advice and Assistance

JCWI's current focus is on making sure that the many changes to immigration law and policy that will ensue from the Brexit vote, are evidence-based, principled and respect human rights and the rule of law. We are also continuing our work challenging the imposition of the 'hostile environment' by the last two Immigration Acts, and the many ways in which access to justice has been reduced in recent years. In addition, we maintain our opposition to the harsh family migration rules, that have separated so many in the UK from their loved ones abroad.

Immigration Policy Post-Brexit

June's referendum vote means that we will likely see radical changes to immigration law in the UK over the next few years. The Government will be consulting on new proposals over the coming months and JCWI will be ready to respond and to argue for policies that reflect a principled approach. We will be calling for an evidence-based approach that respects the rule of law and the rights of the individuals affected.

Hostile Environment and Undocumented Migrants

The Immigration Act 2014 and the Immigration Bill 2015/16 encompass wide-reaching changes that have implications for all migrants as well as BME communities and British citizens. These include changes to appeal rights, asylum support and access to services.

While the purported target of the hostile environment is undocumented migrants, evidence is emerging to show that the UK is becoming a more hostile place for all migrants, as well as many British citizens and BME communities, as a result of these measures.

Our current policy and campaigns work focuses on the following key areas

  • The Right to Rent checks and implications for securing housing for migrants and BME groups
  • The reality of undocumented migrants' lives and the policies aimed at them
  • Non-removability and access to justice

Family Migration Rules

Building on our work over the past three years, including two reports and an intervention in the recent Supreme Court case challenging the financial requirements, Family Migration will remain a priority area until there is meaningful rule change.

  • Partners/Spouses: the financial requirements and the impact on children and families
  • Adult Dependent Relatives

Access to Justice

It is getting harder and harder to have your case heard by an independent tribunal and to appeal incorrect decisions. People across the country face legal advice deserts with very few solicitors able to provide immigration advice. Legal aid is unavailable for most immigration matters, and there is an increase in individuals being forced to navigate a complex and harsh legal system without professional advice.


Our current campaigns are:

  • I am a Migrant – the global version of our domestic I am an Immigrant campaign.
  • I am a Refugee – to be launched on 20th June 2016 International Refugee Day.