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Jan Brulc Sep 3, 2015 Comments: 3
It seems that things changed dramatically over night and the country has woken up to demand that the UK government does more to help address the Europe wide migration crisis.
A few things listed here you can do in order to show support. We will be updating this post with more actions (we know we forgot to include a number of  initatives, but hope the list is a good start) and will be actively monitoring comments, so make sure to drop us a line with your actions/suggestions. But you should really join the Refugees Welcome UK Facebook group for a lively exchange of info and debate.
Awale Olad Sep 1, 2015
Supporters of the Labour leadership hopeful packed out a small room at the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank focusing on being a critical friend of the European Union.
The Shadow Home Secretary has a reputation for being a cautious player and a safe pair of hands in the front bench team but stepped out of her comfort zone today to deliver a rare 'wildcard' speech that called the Conservative Government ‘immoral, cowardly’ and not handling the current refugee crisis in a ‘British way’.
Don Flynn Sep 1, 2015
Another set of bad news for the Government’s net immigration target has triggered an ill-considered response from the Home Secretary. Ending the right of people to seek employment opportunities by travelling to other EU members states is a bad idea, and should be opposed.
The ONS announcement that net migration stood at a record high of 330,000 has provoked a rather extreme broadside on the part of the Home Secretary against an important element of free movement rights.
Awale Olad Aug 24, 2015 Comments: 3
Every year the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, which Migrants’ Rights Network acts as its secretariat, attends the political party conferences in the Autumn. This year we will be going to the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems), and the Scottish National Party (SNP) conferences.
The group will be holding public fringe meetings at the Labour (Brighton) and Conservative (Manchester) party conferences. We will also be holding a private strategic round-table at the SNP conference in Aberdeen and taking part in various events and activities at the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth.
Awale Olad Aug 17, 2015
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) launched a scathing attack on the government’s detention policy and focused specifically on the plight of pregnant women detained in Yarl’s Wood.
The Inspector said that Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre was ‘a place of national concern’ with the facility’s ability to give adequate healthcare to all its detainees deteriorating ‘severely’ in the last 2 years. The HMIP report also attacked the length of time people were detained, the delays and backlogs of applications, and the fact that the UK was the only country that did not have a time-limit for detainees.
Don Flynn Aug 14, 2015 Comments: 1
The latest set of ONS employment statistics reveals some intriguing facts about migration to the UK and the state of the jobs market. Fine, but to really understand what's going on in the labour markets we have to roll up our sleeves and go local.
This week’s employment statistics showed that the UK economy is continuing to generate jobs at a high rate. Although the numbers are beginning to show signs of weakening, the UK is still ahead in comparison to the rest of Europe which remains stuck in the economic doldrums. Unsurprisingly, given that the country is part of a single market for goods, services, capital and labour, job growth has continued to attract inward migration of workers from other parts of the European Union. The number of EU nationals employed in the UK now stands at a shade under 2 million people with 85,000 workers added to the total in the three months up to June 2015. A further 30,000 people from non-EU countries got jobs during this period. In the meantime the numbers of British nationals in employment shrunk by 170,000.
Momtaz Rahman Aug 10, 2015 Comments: 1
We’re up against the powers that be - decision makers who are determined to continue to punish the most vulnerable, making their lives even worse than we thought was possible. Now is the time to get ready to fight a raft of new laws and rules aimed at driving people further into destitution.
Destitution pushes people into situations of exploitation and abuse (be it sexual, physical, or professional) and unsafe living conditions, and leaves migrants at real risk. It is exactly this type of vulnerability that the new proposals to stop asylum support for families (often waiting to appeal unfair decisions), landlord immigration checks and criminalising workers under the new immigration bill will expose migrants to.
Don Flynn Jul 29, 2015
The UK government has given all the indications of being badly wrong-footed by the latest developments in the refugee crisis at the French Channel port of Calais. Higher fences and brawnier policemen are not the answer. A renewal of our commitment to humanitarian solutions is.
Three thousand migrants have congregated in the area known as the ‘Jungle’ in the past few weeks with many hoping that they will an opportunity to make a clandestine crossing of the Channel to find a safe haven in the UK.
Awale Olad Jul 27, 2015 Comments: 2
Jeremy Corbyn attacked the Government’s family migration rules during a debate in the House of Commons earlier this year. Tim Farron could be the most pro-immigration leader out of the main political parties. Theresa May says she will hit the net migration target this time.
Labour's leadership contenders have form on immigration issues The candidates in the battle to succeed Ed Miliband as the leader of the Labour party has allowed an opportunity for the party to debate immigration policy more openly and without the constraints of a set and rigid policy agenda. Jeremy Corbyn, who during the selection period just about scraped enough nominations to get on to the ballot, has found himself leading the race with a tsunami of support from constituency Labour branches across the country. Corbyn is also, along with Liz Kendall, a candidate who is on the ‘pro’ side of the immigration debate.
Don Flynn Jul 20, 2015
According to the Home Office, too many skilled migrants are coming to the UK to support the efforts of British companies to grow the size of the manufacturing sector. But is it really in anyone’s interest to see the sectors which will be providing good quality jobs cut back in order to meet a spurious immigration target?
The news that the government has directed the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to come up with proposals to restrict skilled migration to the UK reveal the lines of tension that run between major planks of its own policy. On the one hand there is the Chancellor George Osborne’s drive to get more balance into the UK economy and his ‘march of the makers’ finally under way; and on the other, Home Secretary Theresa May’s determination to achieve the long-postponed goal of pushing net migration below the hundred thousand mark.
Don Flynn Jul 13, 2015
Three years since the rules on family migration were changed campaigners are being proven correct in their predictions on the perverse outcomes the measures have led to. Here are some ideas on what needs to be done to continue pressure for change.
The events organised last week to mark the third anniversary of family migration rules which hugely increased the income level required from people sponsoring the admission of family members was rewarding for all involved in the sense of solidarity and mutual aid which passed between participants. 
Anna De Mutiis Jul 6, 2015 Comments: 2
UKREN’s project worker, Anna De Mutiis, reflects on the ways in which Europe continues to reduce others to the status of de-humanised stereotypes and in doing so produce the tragedies which are now manifest on the Mediterranean and in Calais
The ongoing crisis on the Mediterranean has shed light on an old unsolved - and clearly so often poorly addressed problem at the heart of Europe: namely its relation with its Other.
Don Flynn Jun 23, 2015
A recent book "Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World" argues for a ‘preferred future’ in which border crossings are frequent and normal, and wonder why there is so little interest in these approaches on the part of the political classes.
The substantial convergence of views on immigration policy within different fractions of the political establishment presents a dispiriting picture to anyone looking for a discussion about alternatives. Is it really the case that the only things on offer is how best to enforce ‘tough’ border controls?
Chai Patel Jun 22, 2015 Comments: 2
Email your MP today to take action on Family Migration.
9th July will be the third anniversary of the new income threshold for family migration. It marks the end of the third year in which thousands of British citizens have been separated from their partners. The third year in which 42% of British workers are deemed too poor to be trusted to build a family life in the UK with whomever they please. A third year in which thousands of British children grow up knowing their mothers or fathers only as figures trapped in something called Skype. 
Jan Brulc Jun 15, 2015 Comments: 3
The UK launch of the new Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) served as a stark reminder of just how much things have changed for the worse over the last 5 years when it comes to integration. Overall the UK dropped by 6 places and is now firmly in the middle measured against 37 other countries, but stands last on family migration.
Given the last 5 years of immigration policy changes, it was hardly surprising to see that the UK has slipped out of the top 10 in the latest edition of the MIPEX report, launched at an event organised in Parliament last week. The Migrant Integration Policy Index aims to provide a comparative evaluation framework for integration policies across 38 countries. UK now ranks 15th thanks to the more restrictive policies on citizenship, anti-discrimination, family reunion, migrant workers’ rights and the education of immigrant children introduced by the last coalition Government. Most changes were motivated by the government's pledge to cap migration at the tens of thousands, coupled with the pursuit of austerity and localism.