The Government has insisted that the ‘right to rent’ scheme has not caused discrimination. So why are they refusing to release the full results of their own evaluation?
The ‘right to rent’ scheme, which requires landlords and their agents to check the immigration status of prospective tenant or risk a hefty fine of up to £3,000, has now been in operation nationwide in England for over six months. With a planned further roll-out to other parts of the UK, and the introduction of criminal penalties on the horizon, we remain concerned that there has been insufficient scrutiny of the potential for the scheme to cause discrimination.
JCWI is excited to announce that we are supporting and promoting #WeAreAllMigrants - an interactive and inclusive platform that champions positive messages about migration and integration, challenges racism and xenophobia and promotes an inclusive dialogue about identity and values in society.
Organisations can join the #WeAreAllMigrants platform to promote individual campaigns and aims, such as anti-racism campaigns, pro-refugee campaigns, and campaigns supporting the rights of EU migrants following the referendum.
Together we can provide an open and inclusive platform for all those shocked by the upturn in racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the UK.
Following an internal review by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), OISC regulated advisers are no longer required to undertake and record a set number of Continuous Personal Development (CPD) hours. This has immediate effect and means that OISC advisers now have far greater personal responsibility in maintaining their skills and seeking out appropriate, high quality training.
As part of the new scheme, the free on-line OISC training website will cease operating on 30 September 2016.
The OISC have stated:
Following JCWI’s recent success in the Upper Tribunal in the case of AT and another v (Article 8 ECHR - Child Refugee - Family Reunification) Eritrea  UKUT 227 (IAC) (http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/IAC/2016/227.html) we fully endorse the findings of the Home Affairs Select Committee in relation to family reunion rights for refugee children:
JCWI is issuing a renewed call for evidence on the ‘right to rent’ scheme. The scheme requires landlords and agents to check the immigration status of tenants and lodgers. Following the nationwide roll out of 'right to rent' in England from February this year, we want to understand the impact on landlords, agents and tenants.
We have created two surveys, one for landlords and agents and another for tenants and lodgers. They surveys seek to find out:
Since the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) on 23rd June there has been a lot of confusion surrounding the position of European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) migrants and their family members currently living in the UK.
We have published a short note answering some of the frequent questions that we have been asked by EU citizens following the UK referendum result. This is available to download here.
No current change to the position of EU migrants following the referendum
Guest Blog by former JCWI Policy Intern Louis Caplin
The stories of the participants in the ‘I am a Refugee’ campaign illustrate the diverse and valuable contributions that refugees make to the UK. This article aims to highlight just a few of the ways in which these contributions disprove the commonly-made claims that refugees are unable to integrate and are a burden to British society. Far from being isolated burdens, refugees contribute greatly to the construction of what it means to be British, often becoming British themselves after years living and working in the UK. This campaign encourages us to resist the urge to reject refugees and is of vital importance.
The momentous decision of a majority of referendum voters to leave the European Union has led to a shocking and disturbing increase in racism, xenophobia and anti-migrant sentiment. We must all stand together to show that we welcome and support migrants in our communities. We must not let the result be high jacked by right-wing groups.
JCWI is delighted to present the ‘I am a Refugee’ campaign celebrating the contribution refugees have made, historically and currently, to life in the UK. The campaign reminds the public that those who are given sanctuary give so much back in return.
The UK has a long and proud history of providing safety and refuge to people fleeing violence and persecution. Refugees who have made the UK their home have made significant contributions to the arts, science, sports, commerce, industry and social care, as well as the communities they live in. Each has a unique story to tell.
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