Policy update November 2021

Policy update November 2021

News item 23 December 2021:

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

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Summary of some key points in the policy update

  • Immigration statistics to mid-2021 show rises in work and family visas but falls in asylum claims.
  • The number of people crossing the Channel rose to new levels during 2021, with the Home Office exploring ways to reduce crossings.
  • The Nationality and Borders Bill is at Committee stage. The Committee includes four Yorkshire and Humber MPs. Proposed amendments to the Bill include using x-rays or DNA tests in the age assessment process for young people.
  • Labour shortages in a growing number of sectors led to a series of short-term visas being issued, although government wants a higher skilled UK workforce.
  • Most attention on asylum has focused on housing: standards in temporary accommodation, finding placements for young refugees and housing availability for Afghans. ‘Operation Warm Welcome’ was launched and an Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme will resettle 20,000 people.
  • Thousands of modern slavery victims could be granted leave to remain in the UK following a high court ruling.
  • Sheffield Central tops all UK constituencies in terms of net impact of international students on the UK economy. However, there have been falls in international student applications to UK universities.
  • A range of reports have considered social and economic impacts of and responses to the pandemic, and some positive polling on migration issues. 
  • An increasingly tense situation has developed between Belarus and its neighbours as it has been encouraging migrants to cross into Europe through its territory.
  • The number of people trying to reach Europe by sea rose in the first half of 2021 compared to 2020, as did the number of people who died in their attempt. Far fewer migrants now live on Greek island camps.
  • It was the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention and the first Olympics with a Refugee Paralympic Team.
  • Despite resettlement places for Afghan evacuees, it’s increasingly difficult for people to leave Afghanistan and enter neighbouring countries or Europe.
  • Local stories identify new places of sanctuary, including a CCG and a cinema.






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