Policy update May 2020

Policy update May 2020

News item 18 May 2020:

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

Policy update May 2020 is available from this link

Here's a summary:

  • Migration trends before the Covid-19 emergency showed UK net migration remaining stable at the end of 2019 with a continued fall in EU migration for work and a rise in non-EU migration for study - now the main reason for migration.
  • A policy statement on the new points-based immigration system was published and a new immigration bill ending free movement was introduced, although its second reading in Parliament was cancelled.
  • Immigration policy changes announced since the coronavirus outbreak include automatic visa extensions to doctors and other NHS staff.
  • The Immigration Health Surcharge will increase to £624 per year.
  • There was a large increase in a number of referrals to the National Referral Mechanism in 2019, with over 10,000 potential victims identified.
  • The long-delayed Windrush ‘lessons learned’ review was published.
  • Despite applications to the EU settlement scheme exceeding 3 million, concerns are still being raised about vulnerable groups including children in care. Local authorities can apply for Home Office grant funding.
  • Operational changes to the asylum process and asylum support have been introduced in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, along with guidance for children’s services concerning unaccompanied children.
  • Travel for refugees being resettled has been suspended.
  • An economic analysis suggests extending the move-on period for new refugees could save significant resources.
  • A parliamentary inquiry is exploring how isolated groups have been reached during the pandemic.
  • An opinion poll suggests public support for migrants working in NHS.
  • The EU Commission found socio-economic factors are more important than density of migrants locally in shaping public attitudes to migration.





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