Since 2012, it has been an explicit aim of Government immigration policy to create a ‘hostile environment’ for anybody unable to demonstrate their immigration status on demand. From the 'Go Home' vans driven through ethnically diverse neighbourhoods to passport checks in hospitals and schools, the government has worked to create a climate of fear and hostility, criminalising and impoverishing those who may find themselves without status. These are the same policies that have seen long-term residents of the UK, including members of the Windrush Generation, denied healthcare and the right to work and even detained or removed illegally.
JCWI has long warned of the devastating consequences of these measures. And we're working hard, with many others across the UK, to dismantle the Hostile Environment and fight for better, fairer policies.
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The government's 'Right to Rent' scheme leads to discrimination in access to housing. We're fighting to stop it being rolled out.Read more
Nobody should be denied life-saving care based on their immigration status. We're working hard to prevent the government from building a border in our hospitals and surgeries.Read more
JCWI and Liberty have published a Dossier of Failure, detailing the need for an Independent Commission into the systematic failures which culminated in the Windrush scandal.Read more
We are delighted to be hosting a distinguished panel of experts for a discussion entitled 'Ending the Hostile Environment' on 13 December 2018. Book now!Read more