third country migrants

Don Flynn May 3, 2016
MRN was launched as a networking project in November 2006. As we approach our 10th anniversary what has been learnt about the best ways to win rights for migrants?
It is getting on to ten years since MRN was launched as a project that aimed to improve the capacity of organisations concerned with the rights of migrants of all kinds to network with one another. Back in 2006 it had become clear that the UK, along with other developed market economies across the world, was in the middle of a new ‘Age of Migration’.  Driven in by the globalisation of labour markets the trend for countries like the UK in the years since has been to acquire stocks of migration which are typically in the range of 10 to 15% of their total populations. 
Sofia Roupakia Mar 8, 2016
We particularly mark the participation of women in the world’s migration flows. They participate at all levels, from skilled innovators working on the threshold of new ideas and discoveries; as migrant workers looking for livelihoods; as young people involved in education; but also in refugee flows made up of people needing safe havens.
According to UNHCR over half of all refugees and migrants who risk the dangerous sea crossing to Europe from Turkey, via Greece are women and children. Too often they find themselves denied basic human rights, and having to fight every inch of the way against the immense dangers which confront them on a daily basis. MRN is proud to support the Women on the Move Awards 2016 to celebrate the contribution that migrant and refugee women make in the UK and stand in solidarity with these women. This event is part of Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival-2016. For more details and to book your place please follow this link.
Don Flynn Mar 7, 2016
A year since the introduction of the controversial Immigration Health Charge and the Government is again looking for ways to impose more costs onto wider groups of NHS users. Here are the reasons why this is dangerous.
In a month’s time we will reach the first anniversary of the introduction of rules which allowed an ‘Immigration Health Surcharge’ (IHS) to be imposed on all people from outside the EU who come to stay in for a period of 6 months or longer. The power to levy these charge came from a provision of the Immigration Act 2014.  It consists of a fee £200 (£150 in the case of students) on the cost of a visa to the UK, paid for each year that the person is in the UK.  This means that if you are coming in as a sponsored skilled worker under Tier 2 of the Points-Based Scheme for a period of 3 years an additional £600 (£200 for each year) will be paid up front as a condition of issuing the visa. 
Don Flynn Feb 29, 2016
Even Brexit supporters seem to agree that the UK will still need immigration in or out the EU. So what options are there for replacing free movement?
There has been much talk in recent times about the potential for a ‘points-based scheme’ (PBS) being used to control immigration in the event that the UK votes to leave the EU in the June referendum. The supporters of this approach frequently cite the example of Australia as providing a model which would allow a ‘tougher’ attitude to be taken to admitting the migrants who the UK authorities believe are necessary for the UK economy.
Don Flynn Feb 14, 2016
People will make their own minds up on how to vote in the forthcoming referendum on UK membership of the EU. But on immigration issues at least it is refreshing to hear that someone is planning to tell a few basic truths about what membership of a single market has meant for the UK over the years.
The really interesting development over the weekend came from the Labour Party leadership with the prospect that Jeremy Corbyn will shortly be making a speech opposing the ‘emergency brake’ on free movement that the Prime Minister has negotiated with EU President Donald Tusk.
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