Policy update May 2021

Policy update May 2021

News item 27 July 2021:

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

Go to the policy update May 2021 page to download your copy

Summary of some key points in the policy update

  • Improvements to estimating migration to the UK have resulted in an admission that EU net migration has been higher and non-EU lower than earlier official estimates. There are also new modelling estimates of net migration trends. 
  • Government published and consulted on a New Plan for Immigration, with significant reforms to asylum and modern slavery systems, and additional support for refugee integration. 
  • As of late March, migrants crossing the Channel using small boats this year reached over 1,000 individuals, more than double than this time last year. 
  • Visa extensions continue for health workers but not social care workers. 
  • The visa route for Hong Kong British National [Overseas] passport holders opened on 31 January with 35,000 people having applied for the visa so far. Funding and guidance has been confirmed to provide a welcome programme in the regions. 
  • The use of military barracks and hotels as asylum accommodation remains a charged issue; scrutiny continues. 
  • The Home Secretary confirmed the continuation of refugee resettlement by launching the global UK resettlement scheme, and announced £14million funding for pilot projects to support refugee integration.
  • Horticulture, agriculture and cleaning industries have been identified as areas where potential exploitation of workers is increasingly likely. 
  • 3,300 children looked after and care leavers are eligible to apply for the EUSS; of 374 eligible children in Yorkshire and Humber, 251 [67%] are yet to apply. Concerns continue to be raised about the potential impacts for people who do not apply by the June 2021 deadline. 
  • There has been massive criticism of a government-commissioned report on racial disparities, set up after the Black Lives Matter protests last year. 
  • International migration globally ‘slowed’ by 2million in 2020 due to COVID-19. 
  • Plans to vaccinate asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants are progressing, for example, in Germany, Serbia, Greece and Jordan. 
  • Local stories of support to refugees feature Hull, York, Bradford and Sheffield. 





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