third country migrants
Sometimes it’s the simple things that let you know how deep is the ordure in which we all find ourselves. An example of this hit me late last week when I found myself looking on the internet for the Home Office form that has to be used by any EU national or member of their family who wants to apply for a permanent residence card certifying their right to remain in the UK for the indefinite future. The rules on who is entitled to be issued with one of these cards is very simple: basically you need to demonstrate that you have resided in the UK in accordance with something called the EEA Regulations. In my days as a legal caseworker the procedure was so straightforward that you could do it without using an application form at all: a simple letter to the Home Office setting out facts that showed you had complied with the law plus around three items of documentary evidence of one sort or another were sufficient to do the job.
The coalition of groups supporting the call to mark UN Anti-Racism Day on March 22nd achieved a notable success in bringing out 10,000 people to the parade and gather in Trafalgar Square on that day.
Immigration studies has emerged as an important discipline in colleges and universities across the world, with probably scores of research centres being established in the UK along over the last decade or so. Contributions have come from sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, political scientist, economists and philosophers over this time, giving anyone moved to make a systematic review of the literature quite a job in terms of catching up on what is being said and thought about the subject.
The last blog finished by asking what supporters of the rights of migrants should be calling for today.
This week’s searing assessment of the family migration rules by Archbishop Vincent Nichols hit the nail on the head. Since the Government tightened the regulations for families coming to the UK in July last year, we’ve heard from hundreds of British people who have suddenly found that they no longer qualify to live with their spouse or partner in the UK as their earnings are too low or their wider circumstances do not fit the rules.