migrant community groups

Alina Müller Sep 12, 2016
Many migrants have to live with the experience of a double-jeopardy: vulnerable to exploitation at the hands of unscrupulous employers and also the threat of enforcement action of immigration officials. What happen when these twin oppressions come together in the workplace? And how can its often grievous effects be challenged?
The cooperation of the management of Byron Hamburger’s with Home Office immigration enforcement officers in a sting operation earlier in the summer symbolises everything that can go wrong for migrant workers when employment law and immigration policy merge. For many people with deep inside knowledge about the vulnerable position of migrants in the UK today, the key issues are unfair immigration regulations and harsh exploitation of workers. The type of collaboration with enforcement measures that the Home Office expects from employers when it comes to policing their workforces adds to the risks for migrant workers today.
Don Flynn Aug 30, 2016
Racial inequality is still 'entrenched' for many migrants, their children and grandchildren, according to a recent authoritative report. New PM Theresa May's equality race audit has got a lot of work to do if it is to convince that it is a serious attempt to overcome the "burning injustice" that ethnic minority and migrant communities face.
The report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (ECHR) in mid-August which found evidence of 'entrenched' race inequality in many areas, including education and health has provided the basis for the government’s latest, and to some a rather surprising initiative. 
Alan Anstead Aug 15, 2016
One immediate outcome of the EU referendum result was a significant increase in incidents of hate crime, principally racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic hate incidents. The police state around 6,200 such incidents in England and Wales were reported to them in the month of July, over twice last year’s July figure. Even celebrities like the BBC’s Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain have said they have been subjected to racial abuse.
There has been much speculation over the cause of this spike in hate crime and hate speech. Was it closet racists who thought the referendum result legitimised their views and made it acceptable to tell those they considered ‘foreign’ to ‘go home’? Was it the result of the political campaigning around the referendum and the anti-migrant/anti-free movement of labour stance taken by the campaigning groups? Was it pent up frustration from years of austerity measures that erupted into some people blaming anyone who appeared to come from another country, a distinction based on skin colour, looks or language spoken? Probably a mixture of all these and more causes.
Don Flynn Aug 15, 2016
One year on from the shock of images of the death of a Syrian child refugee. We have to go back on the streets to protest against policies which undermine the right to asylum, both in the UK and the rest of Europe.
                The first anniversary of the death of the three year-old Syrian Kurdish refugee, Aylan Kurdi, is coming up fast.  Even people who were shocked by the appalling image of the Turkish police officer cradling the drowned infant might be forgiven for thinking that things have got better for the refugees who were fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North African region. The news reports describing the hundreds of boats arriving on the Greek islands during that period and the images of thousands of despite people queuing at the European borders which had been so hastily thrown up to bar their admittance are no longer making the headlines.
Don Flynn Aug 8, 2016
Views on what will replace free movement are still scattered and diffuse. Important economic interests are only beginning to set out their concerns about the future. If we are going to influence what comes after Brexit we need a clearer sense of the interests and rights that will need to be protected.
If a week is a long time in politics then the six-and-a-bit weeks since the vote for Brexit on 23 June are beginning to feel like an eternity. The whole country is waiting to see even a sketchy outline of what the government feels can be done to deliver on the issue that seems to have persuaded most people that a punt on the ‘Leave’ option was worth taking.  That something is of course immigration.
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