third country migrants

Don Flynn Dec 16, 2016
All over the world migrant communities and their supporters will be marking this Sunday 18 December as International Migrants Day. With the threat of the wholesale loss of rights coming from draconian immigration legislation and a hard Brexit, we should be using this to build more support for a fighting campaign to resist all the attacks on migrant communities that loom in the period ahead.
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.
Don Flynn Nov 14, 2016
A recently-launched London Chamber of Commerce report called for a ‘London Visa’ for migrants seeking jobs in the capital. But what about the rest of the country? Could visas adjusted to meet the needs of the economy across all regions of the economy help change direction for immigration policy?
  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. 
Don Flynn Nov 7, 2016
Make sure 20 February is in your diary for a UK-wide day of action in solidarity with migrants. Here are some ideas on how we can increase the impact of this action and ensure its success.
The #1DayWithUs initiative that emerged from journalist Matt Carr’s Facebook post in response to the rhetoric at the Conservative Party conference in October is the most hopeful sign yet that resistance to the planned actions to strip millions of migrants of their rights is building up. From the vague idea that some sort of protest should be mounted, it is now taking the form of a definite plan to call for actions to support migrants right across the UK.
Don Flynn Oct 31, 2016
The rush to write the UK’s immigration policy for the post-Brexit epoch might well be unwise given the fact that so many of the major stakeholders have yet to show their hand
The referendum vote in favour of Brexit has encouraged the sense that the UK is at ‘year zero’ when it comes to many areas of social and economic policy.  Everything that has gone before can be regarded as de facto scrapped and the future is there to be seized by those with the boldest imaginations and brightest visions of just what may be possible.
Don Flynn Oct 24, 2016
The Jungle camp in Calais has challenged the indifference of official Europe to the plight of refugees for close on two decades. It has survived previous attempts at demolition. As long as the grievances that gave rise to remain it will come back to haunt the conscience of the continent.
As you read this CRS police squads, acting on French government orders, will once again be destroying the make-shift homes and personal property of the 9000 people who are trying to survive in the Calais refugee camp. They have returned to this task sporadically over the years.  In April 2009 a determined effort to close the camp led to the arrest of 109, with bulldozers destroying the tents of around 800 refugees. 
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