Past consultations

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Channel crossings, migration and asylum seeking routes through the EU

Date this consultation ended: 21st September 2020

Summary:

The Home Affairs Select Committee put out a call for evidence on channel crossings, migration and asylum seeking routes through the EU. 

A full background for the call and the terms of reference for written evidence submissions can be found on the UK Parliament's 'Channel crossings, migration and asylum-seeking routes through the EU' web page 

Response

Migration Yorkshire made a submission which focused on unaccompanied asylum seeking children [UASC], including all unaccompanied children arriving in the UK through protection routes. The following terms of reference were used :

  • The care provided for unaccompanied children arriving in the UK.
  • Future arrangements for safe, legal routes for family reunion and claiming asylum in the UK, and the effectiveness of current government initiatives to re-unite families.

Recommendations

  1. Full cost recovery funding for councils to support UASC, including for specialised social work support, mental health support and high quality placements.
  2. A continuation of funding to increase family-based placement capacity and training for carers and professionals.
  3. Further training, guidance and support to ensure that all age assessments are carried out according to legislation and to reduce variation between local authorities.
  4. Streamlining of the asylum process to ensure no unaccompanied child waits more than 6 months for a decision on their claim.
  5. Changes to legislation to ensure that every young person who has been supported as a UASC continues to be eligible for support until either they leave the UK, or age out of eligibility under Leaving Care provision.
  6. A continuation of safe and legal routes to resettlement in the UK for UASC, similar to the ‘Dubs’ and VCRS schemes.
  7. A continuation of the Dublin III regulation or equivalent after 31 December 2020 to provide legal routes for UASC in Europe to join family members in the UK.

To see Migration Yorkshire's full response please download the document at the link below.

Consultation organised by: Home Affairs Select Committee, UK Parliament

Result / response documents:
Home Affairs Select Committee call for evidence - channel crossings, migration and asylum seeking routes through the EU: Migration Yorkshire response [0.1 MB]


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Mental health of men and boys inquiry

Date this consultation ended: 18th March 2019

Summary:

The UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee invited written submissions to its inquiry into the mental health of men and boys.

Go to the Mental health of men and boys inquiry web page for a description of the consultation and to download the terms of reference.

Response

Migration Yorkshire submitted a response that draws on its experience of working directly with diverse groups of migrants in Yorkshire and Humber, as well as with local organisations and local authorities across the region. Discussions with and contributions from practitioners within organisations providing specialist therapeutic services for refugees and asylum seekers, also informed the submission. Migration Yorkshire made the following points in response to the consultation questions:

Which groups of men and boys are particularly at risk of poor mental health and what is leading to this?

  • Migrant men and boys should be considered as a specific group in need of mental health support.
  • Different migrant groups have different needs, for example refugees, asylum seekers, UASC and EU nationals.
  • Several factors can contribute to migrants’ potential need for mental health support including the upheaval of moving to a new country; past trauma; difficulties in adapting to a new language and culture; and going through formal immigration procedures.
  • There are a number of access barriers for male migrants in need of mental health support including: language; a lack of understanding of mental health issues; and cultural issues such as taboos around mental health and perceptions of the male role within family and society.

How effective are the following in tackling poor mental health in men and boys?

  • NHS England: there are issues around waiting times, a shortage of specialist provision, and a lack of good quality interpretation services.
  • CAMHS: there are capacity issues resulting in problems with access.
  • Schools: challenging behaviour resulting from past trauma is often dealt with via disciplinary measures rather than therapeutic input.
  • Local support groups, faith groups, carers, friends and family: these can be crucial sources of support and a gateway to accessing services.

What measures are needed to most effectively tackle poor mental health in men and boys and what are the barriers that prevent these being implemented?

  • There is a need for far more accessible therapeutic and mental health services for asylum seeking/refugee adults and families where staff are trained to work with this group. Systemic improvements in waiting times, specialist interpreters, and the amount of provision, would all help address poor mental health among migrant men and boys.
  • Measures are needed to raise awareness of mental health issues among migrants in a culturally sensitive way.
  • Mainstream services need to be culturally sensitive and recognise the barriers to access for certain groups.
  • For those male migrants who may be unlikely to access mainstream NHS services for mental health support, creative approaches to initial engagement, and to broach the subject of mental wellbeing, are needed. The VCS has a role here.
  • Significant investment is needed in mental health support and treatment for young men, to avoid the current situation where often services are only accessed at the point of crisis.
  • Schools need support and training to ensure that boys experiencing mental health issues are referred to appropriate services.
  • Services supporting UASC need to work flexibly and creatively to maximise the likelihood of engagement.

You can see evidence submitted to the consultation on this page: Mental health of men and boys inquiry - publications To see Migration Yorkshire's response please download the document at the link below.

Consultation organised by: Women and Equalities Committee, UK Parliament

Result / response documents:
Mental health of men and boys inquiry - consultation: Migration Yorkshire response [0.4 MB]


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Integrated Communities Strategy green paper

Date this consultation ended: 5th June 2018

Summary:

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government invited views on their vision - outlined in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper - for building strong integrated communities, and actions proposed to deliver this.

Response

Migration Yorkshire submitted a response that draws on its experience of working directly with diverse groups of migrants in Yorkshire and Humber, as well as with local organisations and local authorities across the region. In the response, Migration Yorkshire suggested that any future national integration strategy should:

  • Ensure that integration begins immediately upon arrival in the UK and should continue for as long as migrants remain, regardless of immigration status.
  • Understand integration as a two-way street and provide a fair balance between interventions targeting migrants and those targeting existing resident communities.
  • Meaningfully empower all local bodies / organisations – including local authorities and local communities – to facilitate successful integration.
  • Recognise that refugees and other vulnerable migrants may need intensive support to facilitate integration and reintroduce a consistent employment and advice service [similar to the Refugee Integration and Employment Service] for all new refugees, alongside similar holistic provision for other migrants.
Consultation organised by: Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Result / response documents:
Integrated Communities Strategy green paper - consultation: Migration Yorkshire's response [0.5 MB]


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Inquiry into immigration and integration [stage two]: Migration Yorkshire's response to call for evidence

Date this consultation ended: 13th March 2017

Summary:

The All Party Parliamentary Group [APPG] for Social Integration issued a call for evidence for stage two of its inquiry into immigration and integration.  

Response

Migration Yorkshire submitted a response that draws on its experience of working with local organisations in Yorkshire and Humber as well as directly with diverse groups of migrants. In consultation with partner agencies, Migration Yorkshire suggested that:

  • for new immigrants, integration should begin immediately upon arrival in the UK and should continue for as long as migrants remain
  • integration policies should apply to all migrants, not only those defined as ‘economic migrants’
  • the government’s ESOL strategy should reflect the importance of English language skills beyond work, and be linked to wider governmental policies including health, education or social care
  • regional devolution of immigration should be place-based, adequately resourced, and enable local control, with regional coordination
     
Consultation organised by: All Party Parliamentary Group [APPG] for Social Integration

Result / response documents:
APPG on Social Integration - Inquiry into immigration and integration [stage two]: Migration Yorkshire’s response [70 KB]


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Migrant access to health services in the UK

Date this consultation ended: 28th August 2013

Summary:

A consultation on ensuring that migrants contribute fairly to the costs of their healthcare

The Home Office consulted on 3 main proposals to restrict the existing rights to free NHS services for non-EEA nationals. For more information, go to the Home Office's website: Migrant Access to Health Services in the UK - consultation

Download a copy of Migration Yorkshire's initial briefing paper on this consultation

You can download a copy of Migration Yorkshire's response to the Home Office's consultation using the link below.


Background information documents:
Migrant access to health services - Migration Yorkshire consultation response August 2013 [41 KB]


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Beyond 2011 - public consultation

Date this consultation ended: 20th January 2012

Summary:

The Office for National Statistics [ONS] conducted a consultation to help develop alternatives for producing population data instead of a census in future. There were 3 key questions in this consultation:

  • What are users’ current requirements for data, and how are these requirements likely to change?
  • What other data sources might be able to provide the required information about population characteristics?
  • How should we balance the potentially conflicting priorities of frequency, accuracy and geography?

Migration is one of 7 key themes ONS focussed upon within each of these questions.

Response:
This ONS consultation is part of an ongoing programme of work - called the Beyond 2011 Programme - to support the UK Statistics Authority when it makes recommendations to Parliament in 2014. There will be further opportunities to feed into the ONS programme over the next 2 years [including a second public consultation in 2013 on the leading options and their relative benefits].

Migration Yorkshire submitted a response to ONS, highlighting the migration data that we want to continue being collected, and suggesting other migration data that would be extremely helpful for planning services. You can download this using the link below.

Consultation organised by: Office for National Statistics [ONS]

Result / response documents:
Beyond 2011 - ONS consultation on user requirements - Migration Yorkshire response [0.6 MB]


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Family migration

Date this consultation ended: 6th October 2011

Summary:

This UK Border Agency [UKBA] consultation set out the government's proposals to reform the family route 

Migration Yorkshire produced a briefing paper on this consultation, which you can download from our policy briefings section.

Response:
Migration Yorkshire has sent a consultation response to UKBA, which you can download using the link below. This response has been shaped by discussions with the Yorkshire and Humber Local Authority Commission on Asylum and Migration, our Strategic Migration Group and other migration services.

Consultation organised by: UK Border Agency


Background information documents:
Consultation on family migration: response from Migration Yorkshire - October 2011 [44 KB]


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Employment related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers

Date this consultation ended: 9th September 2011

Summary:

In 2011 the UK Border Agency [UKBA] carried out a consultation on settlement of skilled workers and entry of temporary workers to the UK

Migration Yorkshire produced a briefing paper on this consultation, which you can download from our policy briefings section.

Response:
Migration Yorkshire has sent a consultation response to UKBA, which you can download using the link below. This response has been shaped by discussions with the Yorkshire and Humber Local Authority Commission on Asylum and Migration, and our Strategic Migration Group.

Consultation organised by: UK Border Agency

Result / response documents:
Consultation on employment-related settlement,Tier 5 and overseas domestic workers: Migration Yorkshire response - September 2011 [53 KB]


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The student immigration system

Date this consultation ended: 31st January 2011

Summary:

For more information go to the student immigration system [consultation outcome] page on the Home Office website

Response:
Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] sent a response to UKBA, which you can download using the link below. This response has been shaped by discussions with our Strategic Migration Group [SMG]. The SMG includes representation from Yorkshire Universities – the umbrella group for higher education in the region.  For more information about this response, please contact Pip Tyler, Research and Policy Manager by email pip.tyler@migrationyorkshire.org.uk or by phone: 0113 395 2438.

Consultation organised by: UK Border Agency

Result / response documents:
Consultation on the student immigration system: response from the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership [52 KB]
January 2011


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Limits on non-EU economic migration

Date this consultation ended: 17th September 2010

Summary:

On 28 June 2010, the UK Border Agency [UKBA] launched a consultation on how the limits on economic migration by nationals of countries outside the European Union, through Tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system, should be implemented. Go to the UKBA 'Limits on non-EU economic migration: consultation' page

Response:
Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] has sent a response to UKBA, which you can download using the link below. This response was shaped by discussions that took place at our Yorkshire and Humber consultation event in August 2010 at which a Migration Advisory Committee [MAC] representative presented the main proposals.The event was attended by 37 representatives of over 23 organisations from a range of sectors and client groups across Yorkshire and Humber.

We submitted the same response for this consultation as we did for the MAC consultation on the level of the first annual limit on economic migration to the UK by nationals of countries outside the European Union. As a partnership organisation, we're best able to contribute to these discussions in terms of the social and public service impacts that migration has upon communities in Yorkshire and Humber - so our response is structured around the questions posed by the MAC, rather than the UKBA questions regarding processes of how to implement reductions in admissions.

Consultation organised by: UK Border Agency

Result / response documents:
UKBA consultation on limits on non-EU economic migration: response from the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership [0.2 MB]

Contact for more information:

Pip Tyler, Policy and Research Manager

Phone: 0113 378 9023


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The level of an annual limit on economic migration

Date this consultation ended: 7th September 2010

Summary:

The Migration Advisory Committee [MAC], which advises the government on migration issues, ran a consultation on the level of the first annual limit on economic migration to the UK by nationals of countries outside the European Union. This consultation looked at the levels at which the limits should be set for the first full year of their operation. The MAC consulted on, and is considering, the economic, social and public service impacts of migration in developing its advice. Full details about the MAC consultation

Response:
Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] has sent a response to the MAC, which you can download using the link below. This response has been shaped by discussions at a Migration Yorkshire consultation event held in August 2010 at which a MAC representative presented the main proposals. The event was attended by 37 representatives of over 23 organisations from a range of sectors and client groups across Yorkshire and Humber. We've also consulted with our Strategic Migration Group, as well as drawing on internal expertise within Migration Yorkshire.

Consultation organised by: Migration Advisory Committee

Result / response documents:
MAC consultation into limiting non-EU migration to the UK: response from the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership [0.2 MB]

Contact for more information:

Pip Tyler, Policy and Research Manager
Migration Yorkshire

Phone: 0113 378 9023


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Review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes

Date this consultation ended: 1st July 2010

Summary:

A ministerial review began on 1 June 2010 with the aim ‘to consider how the detention of children for immigration purposes will be ended’. The review is now closed, and the UK Border Agency [UKBA] review team has gathered views from over 100 partner organisations and the public. More information, including a document outlining the government's conclusions from the review

Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] sent a response to the review, which can be downloaded using the link below. For more information about this response, please contact Pip Tyler, Research and Policy Manager by email pip.tyler@migrationyorkshire.org.uk or by phone: 0113 395 2438

Consultation organised by: UK Border Agency

Result / response documents:
YHRMP response to the review into ending the detention of children for immigration purposes [0.1 MB]


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Health consultations

Date this consultation ended: 30th June 2010

Summary:

The UK Border Agency [UKBA] and the Department of Health [England] have been conducting public consultations to explore the recommendations of a joint review into migrants' access to the NHS:

Refusing entry or stay to NHS debtors - UKBA consultation on a proposal to change the immigration rules so that permission to enter or stay in the UK can be refused if a migrant is subject to immigration control and is in debt to the NHS above a prescribed amount. The consultation set out how UKBA would work in partnership with the NHS to administer these new arrangements. 

Review of access to the NHS by foreign nationals - Department of Health consultation on proposed changes to the regulations on charging overseas visitors for hospital treatment, and a proposed requirement for overseas visitors to hold health insurance. 

Response:
Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] wrote a consultation response to the Review of access to the NHS by foreign nationals. You can download it here: YHRMP health consultation response June 2010  [84KB - pdf format]. This response was shaped by consultation with health professionals within Yorkshire and the Humber who form a Migrant Health subgroup within our regional Strategic Migration Group.


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Yorkshire and Humber consultation on asylum support

Date this consultation ended: 15th January 2010

Summary:

Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] has written a regional response to the current UK Border Agency [UKBA] consultation about reforming asylum support. While we encouraged all those working in the field of asylum to respond directly to UKBA's consultation, we also wanted to submit a response based on the views of those in the Yorkshire and Humber region: this allowed us to give a wider view of the possible effects of the consultation proposals upon asylum seekers and supporting organisations in our area. We invited people to send in views and comments to us, and we held a regional consultation event [jointly organised with UKBA] on 18 January 2010.

This consultation process related to : asylum seekers

Consultation organised by: Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership]

Result / response documents:
YHRMP consultation response - simplifying immigration law and reforming asylum support - February 2010 [58 KB]
Consultation event discussion summary - January 2010 [85 KB]
Document produced by YHRMP

Contact for more information:

Pip Tyler, Policy and Research Manager
Migration Yorkshire

Phone: 0113 378 9023


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Earning the right to stay: a new points test for citizenship

Date this consultation ended: 26th October 2009

Summary:

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 created an ‘earned citizenship’ process. This created a new ‘probationary citizenship’ stage which must be passed before applying for full citizenship [instead of an automatic right to apply for citizenship based on length of residence in the UK].

To develop the ‘earned citizenship’ process, the UK Border Agency [UKBA] launched a consultation paper on 3 August 2009, ‘Earning the Right to Stay: A new points test for citizenship’. This consultation sought views on:

  • introducing a new points test for earned citizenship, to better manage the numbers allowed to settle permanently in the United Kingdom
  • delivering the earned citizenship system in partnership with local authorities
  • supporting those who are on the path to citizenship to integrate into their new communities
  • managing the impacts of migration on the developing world

Background information
Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] produced a briefing document Earned Citizenship: YHRMP briefing February 2010 [Word document, 90 KB].

This consultation process related to : refugees, migrant workers [Tiers 1 and 2 only: skilled workers] and family members of British citizens / permanent residents.

Consultation organised by: UK Border Agency

Consultation response, and/or result of consultation process: Migration Yorkshire [under its former name, the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership] submitted a consultation response on behalf of the Strategic Migration Group [SMG]. You can download this response using the link below.

Result / response documents:
SMG response to the earned citizenship consultation - October 2009 [68 KB]

Contact for more information:

Pip Tyler, Policy and Research Manager
Migration Yorkshire

Phone: 0113 378 9023


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Finding Sanctuary, Enriching Yorkshire and Humber: Integration Strategy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Yorkshire and Humber [2009 – 2011]

Date this consultation ended: 13th March 2009

Summary:

Following extensive consultation, Migration Yorkshire produced the regional integration strategy 'Finding Sanctuary, Enriching Yorkshire and Humber', as part of the Refugee Integration Programme 2007-2010. The aim of the strategy is the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into Yorkshire and Humber and its local communities.The final strategy can be downloaded here

A summary of the refugee and asylum seeker consultation for the strategy can be downloaded below.

This consultation process related to : asylum seekers, refugees, refugee and asylum seeker children and young people, refused asylum seekers.

Consultation organised by: Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership [now Migration Yorkshire]

Result / response documents:
Refugee and asylum seeker consultation responses, Yorkshire and Humber [1.4 MB]
October 2009

Contact for more information:

Dave Brown, Head of Migration Yorkshire

Phone: 0113 378 9013


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