Policy update February 2020

Policy update February 2020

News item 17 February 2020:

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

Policy update February 2020 is available from this link

Here's a summary:

  • UK net migration is stable at 212,000 with continued falls in EU migration for work, offset by increases in non-EU migration for work and students.
  • The Yorkshire and Humber political landscape changed across its 54 constituencies after the General Election in December. 
  • Prior to the UK leaving the EU at the end of January 2020, the EU Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020 failed to gain sufficient support in Parliament to include amendments on EU nationals’ status under the EU settlement scheme and to protect unaccompanied children reuniting with family in the UK.
  • The Migration Advisory Committee reported on points based systems and made various recommendations, prior to a government announcement about the new system to replace free movement of EU nationals to the UK. Details of the imminent scheme might include dropping the controversial minimum salary threshold.
  • One of the most significant media stories of the past year was when 39 people from Vietnam died in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Essex in October. 
  • Registrations by EU residents to the EU settlement scheme peaked in October. Published EUSS statistics are now available on a monthly basis, with more detail at the local authority level each quarter. Around 3.1 million applications have been made altogether.
  • Official government resources are available for asylum seekers on their rights and expectations, for those in supported accommodation, for refugees accessing Universal Credit and a Welcome guide for new refugees.
  • There has been a continued upward trend in hate crime, by 10% in the past year, although some is still due to improved police recording. Relatedly, there was a surge in hate crime during parliamentary debates on the Benn Act.
  • Migration to the EU of people seeking asylum has been falling, although there was an upturn in November. EU governments are developing increasingly hard-line policies. They failed to agree an approach to relocating people arriving across the Mediterranean, and narrowly missed meeting a long-standing resettlement pledge. Reception conditions for migrants on Greek islands have received much international attention due to sub-standard, overcrowded conditions. 





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