This week the European Union Council President Donald Tusk released the text summarising Britain’s renegotiation. With regards to migrants, the key points are:
- The ‘Right to Rent’ scheme will increase discrimination against all BME migrants and British citizens without documents (17.5% of British citizens do not hold a passport).
- The scheme will not target its intended audience, 'undocumented migrants' as they rarely enter into private tenancies.
- The burden will fall on local authorities who are not prepared for the scheme and who will experience an increased workload.
- Landlords are now expected to act as Immigration Officers. Landlords do not agree with the scheme with 69% stating they should not be made to undertake these checks.
Saira Grant, Chief Executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants:
British families are currently being ripped apart under the guise of ‘controlling immigration’. The Government radically changed the Family Migration Rules in July 2012, creating a new and inflexible minimum income requirement of £18,600 for British nationals and permanently settled residents (those with indefinite leave to remain) wishing to sponsor their non-EU spouses/partner. The threshold is higher for those who are sponsoring children. The rules are made more onerous by the fact that only the income of the British/settled sponsor is taken into account. The non-EEA partner’s income does not count towards the threshold, even if they are working abroad.
In June 2015 David Cameron announced that he will be asking the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to consider proposals to reduce the demand for migrant labour in the UK through reviewing the Tier 2 route - the route for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who have an offer of skilled employment in the UK.
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants are delighted with the ground-breaking ruling yesterday that three unaccompanied youths and a dependant adult should, under European rules, be allowed to live with their family in Britain while their asylum claims are studied.
The Details of the Case (as reported in The Guardian):
The four young men fled Syria last September and arrived at the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais in October. They are said to have been deeply traumatised by their experiences and had applied for the British government to take charge of their asylum claims that would allow them to live in the country.
JCWI is currently undertaking a pre-litigation investigation in relation to the planned national roll out of the landlord immigration checks scheme in England from 1 February 2016.
We call on all landlords, agents, tenants and lodgers, as well as housing practitioners, charities and local authorities to contribute further evidence of their experiences of the ‘right to rent’ checks. We would like to hear from any who has experience or expertise in the area, or if you think you may be affected in the future.
We are seeking information on:
At least 2.6 million people a year could be subject to new immigration checks when the government’s ‘right to rent’ scheme is rolled out across England next month.
Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) analysis of the English Housing Survey has revealed that approximately 2.6 million adults moved into and within the private rented sector in 2013-14. CIH said the number of people who will be subject to the new checks each year could easily be double that figure, based on a conservative estimate that each letting will involve two households being checked.
2015 has been a momentous year in terms of the global migration debate. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), this year has seen over one million people reaching Europe, the highest migration flow since World War 2.
During the ‘migration crisis’, we have been presented with the best and worst of humanity. One thing has stood out: words really do matter.
Over the summer months, as it became increasingly clear that the vast majority of people risking their lives to enter Europe were fleeing persecution, conflict and war, not ‘economic migrants’, as David Cameron would have originally led us to believe, the phrases and terms used in discussions surrounding migration emerged as increasingly important.
The International Organisation for Migration and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) have joined forced to develop JCWI’s historic ‘I Am An Immigrant’ campaign into a global i am a migrant campaign.
In light of the global displacement of people and record numbers of migrants around the world, as well as the current challenges in Europe, this campaign is a response to the narrative surrounding today’s migration situation.
Today is Human Rights Day and to mark the occasion, the British Institute of Human Rights has organised a letter to our political leaders. This letter shows support for human rights and the Human Rights Act and is published in the Times today with over 150 signatories. Please find a pdf of the letter at the bottom of the page, and a copy of the letter’s text below:
Dear Political Leaders,
Today is Human Rights Day. Across the globe, people are celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This international Magna Carta for all humanity has inspired so much, including our own Human Rights Act.
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