614,000 people migrated into the UK and 344,000 people emigrated from it, leaving an estimated net migration figure of +271,000. These figures are for the year ending March 2018, according to a Commons Library briefing paper on migration statistics.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have produced a June 2018 resource to address prejudice-based bullying in schools and education authorities.
The Government claims the policies are needed to deter illegal immigration. However, the Opposition believes it has had a negative impact on individuals’ lives, including those with a right to live in the UK. This is according to a June 2018 House of Lords briefing paper on the ‘Hostile Environment’ policy.
There is an urgent need to increase support and protection for migrant women and consider measures which should be included in the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
This is according to the May 2018 briefing by End Violence Against Women (EVAW) on women living in the ‘hostile environment’ (pdf).
Those identifying as Black or Black British are 13% more likely than average to have accessed services in 2016/17. Those identifying as White British are 3% more likely than average to have accessed services.
This is according to an April 2018 research briefing published by the House of Commons on mental health in England (pdf).
‘Undocumented migrants find themselves criminalised for doing what they must to survive.’
This is according to the April 2018 guidance (pdf) from Liberty on defending migrants’ rights and tackling the hostile environment
As part of the School Census, schools are now required by the Department for Education to collect the nationality and country of birth of children aged 5 – 19.
This is from the March 2018 guidance from the Migrant Rights Network which aims to help migrants understand their rights and how to assert them in 8 key areas of everyday life.
This guide is to help all migrants living in the UK understand their rights in a situation where immigration rules are changing regularly.
The guidance finds:
Since 30 October 2017, banks and building societies have had to do immigration checks on all customers every 3 months. If they discover that you might be in the UK without permission they must tell the Home Office
Since 2014, the Driving and Vehicle Licence Agency (DVLA) is not allowed to give you a driving licence if you are not ‘lawfully resident’ in the UK. The DVLA does not have to let you know if they cancel your licence. This means you may not find out you are driving illegally until you are stopped by the police
Some schools have been asking to see children’s passports. This is against government guidance. Other schools have only asked for the nationality and country of birth of non-white children. This is discriminatory and therefore illegal.
Read the full guidance (pdf).
A new, updated edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book by the Judicial College was published in February 2018. Continue reading “Courts and Tribunals Judiciary: Equal Treatment Bench Book”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) measurement framework is a new “lever for change.”
It is time to implement radical and fundamental change to create a fair and humane migration governance system, says a September 2017 briefing from the Detention Forum.