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Awale Olad Feb 24, 2015
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration has today published its findings into the impacts of closure of the Post Study Work route in 2012. The report Committee agreed that closure of the former Tier 1 post-study work route (PSW) has had a significant impact on UK universities, business, and local economies across the UK.
In summary, the key findings of the report were:
Awale Olad Sep 8, 2014 5 Comment(s)
Migrants Rights Network is the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (APPG on Migration), which supports cross-party parliamentarians with their work in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. Previously the APPG launched an inquiry into the impact of the closure of the family migration route and is now looking into the closure of the post-study work route (PSWR).
The APPG has been running an inquiry looking into the closure of the post-study work route, the visa route that used to allow international students to work for up to two years after their studies, which the Coalition Government closed in 2012. Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May at the time said the route was being abused by “foreign graduates staying on in the UK to work in unskilled jobs”.  May also added that at a time of high unemployed rates amongst domestic students, allowing non-EEA students open access to the UK’s labour market would be inappropriate.
Awale Olad Jun 30, 2014 3 Comment(s)
We expected the Westminster Hall debate on the Public Administration Select Committee’s (PASC) report on migration statistics to be an uneasy 3 hour long debate for the government, dominated by anti-immigration sentiment. Happily,we instead got a handful of MPs predominantly from the Conservative Party and a couple from Labour, debating for 1 hour 30 minutes the need to modernise the way migration statistics are recorded.
PASC chair Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative MP representing Harwich and North Essex, spoke extensively about the intricate nature of migration statistics when recorded by the International Passenger Survey (IPS), which is ‘subject to a large margin of error’. He remarked that the collection of data for the number of immigrants and emigrants is far lower than the actual numbers coming and going. He added:
Awale Olad Jun 23, 2014 12 Comment(s)
MPs are set to debate the political minefield of migration statistics this Thursday, 26 June. The Lords will also debate the right to work for asylum seekers.
The Westminster Hall debate will be led by Bernard Jenkins MP, the Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, which looked into migration statistics last year and published a critical report of how the government was recording statistics and ensuring a proper mechanism to manage migration numbers in the UK existed. The committee’s inquiry considered various factors that record migration and took oral and written evidence from key experts including Dr Scott Blinder from Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford and Professor John Salt of the Migration Research Unit at UCL. Civil servants from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Home Office also faced questioning from MPs.
Awale Olad Jun 9, 2014 1 Comment(s)
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, is thought to have blocked the proposed primary legislation. However, Theresa May, the Conservative Home Secretary, has promised to carry out the changes under delegated powers.
The briefings and counter briefings as well as Paddy Ashdown’s intervention the last fortnight suggested internal disharmony amongst the Coalition parties over the proposals to introduce a new Immigration Bill. The new bill would have sought powers to reduce the right of freedom of movement of nationals from new European Union accession states. Primary legislation of this kind would have been on a collision course with EU laws and governance but the internal wrangling between the Home Secretary and the Deputy Prime Minister could be interpreted as political posturing to galvanise their respective party bases, especially after the poor European and local election results for both parties.
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