Policy update July 2020

Policy update July 2020

News item 03 September 2020:

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

Policy update July 2020 is available from this link

Here's a summary:

  • UK net migration is stable at 270,000 with continued falls in EU migration for work, offset by increases in non-EU migration for work and students. The published migration data does not yet fully reflect impacts since the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • The new Immigration Bill, ending free movement of EU citizens to the UK from 1 January 2021, has completed its passage through the House of Commons and had its first reading in the House of Lords. The Bill does not include the details of a future immigration system as this will be provided for in the Immigration Rules.
  • New arrangements will enable residents of Hong Kong with British National [Overseas] status [BN(O)s] to live and work in the UK with a route to British citizenship.
  • The NHS staff exemption to the Immigration Health Surcharge has been extended to all NHS workers, independent health workers and social care workers, although some reports suggest NHS workers are still being asked to pay the charge.
  • There is no indication that NRPF policy will be reviewed by government, despite much media coverage during the pandemic and the volume of calls for change.
  • A new 5 year contract for provision of support to modern slavery victims was awarded to the Salvation Army, the current contract holder.
  • Government raised weekly asylum support rates from £37.75 to £39.60.
  • The Home Office announced an uplift in funding for councils looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children leaving care.
  • An APPG on Social Integration report on ‘Social Connection in the COVID 19 crisis’ draws on evidence from our region.
  • A number of recent opinion polls suggest public support for migrants.
  • UNHCR estimates that more than 1% of the world's population is now displaced, including at least 30 million children.
  • Principal stories being reported from the EU continue to include overcrowded refugee camps on Greek islands and EU countries continuing to refuse to accept migrants who have arrived by small boats across the Mediterranean.






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