Migration news roundup 13 June 2022

View of Houses of Parliament from bridge over river Thames

A selection of stories about migration-related policy, research and statistics from the past week. 

Stories that inspired us this week

Sleman, a Refugee Week 2022 ambassador, shares his story of moving to the UK in 2012 and opening the much-loved Mood Café in Huddersfield. [Source: Imix]

International news

As part of World Refugee Day, an Italian developer company is launching the Mygrants for Ukraine app that aims to match Ukrainian nationals with businesses that are looking for employees. [Source: InfoMigrants]

Thousands of migrants, mainly from Venezuela and Central America, are heading to the US in a record 'caravan' to coincide with the Summit of the Americas. The caravan includes families and children who demand access to immigration procedures and dignified treatment by the authorities. [Source: BBC]

UK borders and migration policy

The Home Affairs Select Committee examined the work of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration [ICIBI] where it was revealed that publication of ICIBI reports is frequently delayed by the Home Secretary beyond agreed timescales and Priti Patel has not yet met with the inspector in person since his appointment 14 months ago, cancelling multiple meetings. [Sources: Parliament TV, Independent]

More than 10,000 people have crossed the Channel on dinghies in 2022 so far, according to the Ministry of Defence. Meanwhile, two men were jailed for smuggling migrants across the Channel in small boats. [Sources: the Guardian, BBC]

Several items on Rwanda in anticipation of the first removals due on 14 June include:

A few new reports have been published recently:

This article criticises the new High Potential Individual visa for favouring middle class immigration, with no universities from Africa, India or Latin America included in the rankings. [Source: the Guardian]

Specific migrant groups

On EU nationals:

On Ukraine schemes, Wales temporarily paused its super sponsor scheme for Ukrainian refugees [separate to the Homes for Ukraine scheme] to ‘refine’ arrangements. Elsewhere, this story tells of the impact of policy on unaccompanied children, as a 13-year-old Ukrainian girl had to return to Ukraine after the Home Office refused her a visa to enter UK since she was accompanied by her older sister rather than their parents. [Sources: BBC, National World]

Cohesion and integration

This Jubilee Britain report explores popular views of what it means to be British and how migration contributes to British society [see pages 12-15]. It demonstrates changing attitudes on immigration particularly in the area of healthcare and also provides findings on practical ways in which the public are prepared to welcome refugees. [Source: British Future]

We’ve collated points from stories in the public domain to create this page, it’s a selection and not comprehensive. For more detailed coverage of some policy issues, see our Policy briefings page. 

Last updated:

13th June 2022

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