Policy update August 2021

Policy update August 2021

News item 23 September 2021:

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

Go to the policy update August 2021 page to download your copy

Summary of some key points in the policy update

  • New immigration data covers visas for Hong Kong nationals, the new resettlement scheme and a better breakdown of data for the EU settlement scheme.
  • Record numbers of small boats crossing the Channel have been reported in 2021.
  • The Queen’s Speech outlining government priorities included New Plan for Immigration legislation and measures to address racial and ethnic disparities. Campaigning against the New Plan continues.
  • Falls in EU nationals in the UK are affecting the hospitality and food sectors.
  • Official guidance clarifies the policy of rough sleeping as grounds for deportation, and government wants to see greater cooperation to tackle the issue.
  • Relocation of Afghan interpreters to the UK will be accelerated.
  • Housing eligibility regulations now allow Hong Kong British nationals to access social housing and homelessness assistance.
  • The courts continue to consider aspects of the immigration system with recent rulings on asylum, on citizenship for children and in Windrush cases. 
  • The Home Office announced a new voluntary rota system and additional funding to encourage councils to ‘share the load’ in caring for unaccompanied children.
  • International students need to transition to face-to-face learning this autumn.
  • There has been much criticism of the Windrush compensation scheme.
  • Hull, N Yorkshire, York, N Lincolnshire and NE Lincolnshire councils are participating in a pilot decision-making scheme regarding child victims of modern slavery. Independent Child Trafficking Guardians are now in place in West and North Yorkshire.
  • Consequences of EU nationals not applying to the EU settlement scheme before the June deadline include effects on the right to work, rent, access the NHS, to access benefits and higher education, with different details and policies now in effect.
  • Numbers of migrants at the US/Mexico border reached a new high, and ‘pandemic refugees’ and ‘climate refugees’ are being discussed in the Americas.
  • Local migration stories feature York, Craven, Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield.





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