Blogs by Don Flynn
Season’s Greetings at the end of a tumultuous year!
You may know that I am stepping down from my position as Director of MRN at the end of this month. I have been in this post for almost exactly ten years – a decade in which immigration policy has moved to the very centre of the political agenda, not just in the UK but right across the world. Although stepping down as Director, I will be continuing my own involvement as an Associate of MRN and hope to stay in touch with all the friends and collaborators I have made across the country for a long time to come.
The number of people living as international migrants now stands at 244 million according to UN statistics. - a rise of 41% since 2000.
As a proportion of the world’s population of just over 7 billion the number of people mobile across international frontiers now makes up a rather modest 3.3% of everyone on the planet – up from 2.8% back at the start of the millennium.
Last week’s immigration statistics, covering the year up to June 2016, show that the movement of people across frontiers continues to be much more responsive to economic factors than it is to the highly-politicised control agenda.
The headline figures are:
The provisions of the Immigration Act 2016 are now rapidly rolling out, stripping many important rights from migrants and refugees as they do so.
The English or Welsh language requirements for public sector workers came into force on 21 November. A Code of Practice directed to public sector employers sets out what is expected from them.
The workers who will need to meet these standards of language are all staff who work in customer-facing roles including permanent and fixed-term employees, apprentices, self-employed contractors, agency temps, police officers and service personnel.
The idea of a regional visa is currently the subject of much discussion after a number of years in which it was discounted as impractical.
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