Policy update January 2021

Policy update January 2021

News item 12 February 2021:

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

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This is what you'll find in the policy update

  • For the first time the Office for National Statistics [ONS] did not publish national net migration figures, having suspended the survey used to make the net migration estimate. It is working on new measures of migration. 
  • The EU Withdrawal Bill received royal assent, ending free movement and paving the way for the new points-based system. 
  • The Dublin III Regulation no longer applies in the UK, with two key implications. First, there is no mechanism for the UK to return asylum applicants to EU member states they may have passed through on their journey. Second, it is more difficult for asylum seekers in Europe to reunite with family members 
  • Senior care workers have not been added to the shortage occupation list, while the seasonal workers scheme in the agricultural sector has been expanded. 
  • Rough sleeping is now [controversially] grounds for deportation, following a change to the Immigration Rules. Government is also looking at other ways to increase deportation options, including reviewing the Human Rights Act. 
  • The new British Nationals [Overseas] visa route was introduced at the end of January relating to certain residents of Hong Kong.
  • EU settlement scheme statistics demonstrate a continuing upward trend after a dip last April. Grants of settled status have been decreasing while there has been an increase in other outcomes, including refusals on eligibility grounds.
  • Options for accommodating asylum seekers being explored by the authorities include Ministry of Defence sites.
  • There is concern that Brexit and the Immigration Act will undermine progress in recent years on tackling modern slavery.
  • A plethora of reports discuss the structural or social reasons behind disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people from minority groups. 
  • In autumn there was a shift in migratory routes across the Mediterranean to more perilous routes via the Canaries or through Algeria. 
  • Unprecedented consequences of COVID-19 on global migration trends include declines in visas, remittances and refugee resettlement, but increases in exploitation and forced displacement. The UN has called for COVID-19 vaccinations to urgently be made available for millions of refugees 
  • UNHCR is warning of a refugee emergency as people flee Ethiopia. 
  • Local stories of support to refugees feature York, Ripon, Ilkley and Bradford. 





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