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Policy update November 2018

Policy update November 2018

News item 08 November 2018:

An overview of the latest statistics, policy and research on migration issues affecting partner organisations in Yorkshire and Humber. 

To download your copy, go to our Policy briefings section.

The highlights of the report are:

In Europe

  • What happened with the sea rescues in Europe over the summer and controversial EU leaders’ proposals for coping with future migrant ‘crises’?
  • Spain surpassed Italy as the largest gateway to Europe for Mediterranean crossings.
  • The UK ranks 6th or 16th for asylum applications in the EU - depending on how it’s measured.
  • Ireland has changed the law - allowing asylum seekers to work.

 In the UK

  • UK net migration is stable at 271,000. The most notable change in trends is a decline in EU nationals arriving with a definite job.
  • Post-Brexit migration policy is moving closer to being formalised: the Migration Advisory Committee published its long-awaited EEA migration in the UK report that recommends a preference for high skilled migration, regardless of whether that is filled by EU or non-EU migrants - an idea supported by ministers. An Immigration Bill is expected soon.
  • Related reports on migration, integration and cohesion were published around the same time, and increasingly they focus on public attitudes in smaller towns and cities around the country. They include two that were partly conducted in Yorkshire and Humber: Hope not Hate’s Fear, Hope and Loss: Understanding the Drivers of Hope and Hate, and British Future’s National Conversation on Immigration.
  • Windrush developments rumble on: over 2,000 individuals have been granted citizenship, there have been some concessions on appeal rights and Citizens Advice is supporting those who are experiencing financial hardship. The consultation on the compensation scheme closes on 16 November. A briefing is available from Migration Yorkshire.
  • The EU Settlement Scheme for EU residents is being piloted with select groups, but won’t be open for general applications until the UK leaves the EU in March. A separate short briefing is available from Migration Yorkshire.
  • The National Roma Network published its final report on Roma integration in the UK and learning from the project. Representatives from Yorkshire and Humber recently gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee in parliament to their inquiry on ‘tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities’.
  • Two policy developments contribute to improving the rights of unaccompanied asylum seeking children [UASC].
  • Asylum applications are falling for both UASC and the main asylum intake [adults and families]. Top nationalities through the main asylum route are Eritrea, China and Ethiopia – rather unexpectedly Namibia is showing the greatest increase.
  • Refugee resettlement needs are increasingly unmet around the world, and concerns are being raised about countries of transit. The UK has reached almost 13,000 resettled refugees under the VPRS scheme so far, out of the target 20,000 by 2020.






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