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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.
Awale Olad Jul 27, 2015 2 Comment(s)
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.
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:
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