third country migrants

Don Flynn Feb 7, 2015
From the trivia of form filling to callous indifference to the plight of refugees, things are getting worse for newcomers in our country. Add to this the surveillance and monitoring of their personal affairs and we can see what the official ambition for a hostile environment all adds up to.
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.
Don Flynn Mar 31, 2014 1 Comment(s)
Anti-racism and the battle for the rights of migrant seem to have moved some distance apart in recent years. It is time to reverse that, and re-forge a unity between the two that will be able to take on the challenges that come from growing xenophobic moods.
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.
Don Flynn Mar 17, 2014 3 Comment(s)
Decades of scholarship have got us to the point where we can say with some confidence: people move - get used to it. A new edition of the book "The Age of Migration" probes the dynamics of modern-day migration, and maps out options for making it a force for progress.
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.
Don Flynn Jan 23, 2014 1 Comment(s)
In our previous blog we set out the reasons why they rights of migrants need to be acknowledged as a critically important part of immigration policy. But what rights are we talking about? And how can we make the case for these rights popular with the wider public?
The last blog finished by asking what supporters of the rights of migrants should be calling for today.
Ruth Grove-White Dec 18, 2013 153 Comment(s)
A new MRN briefing paper offers up a snapshot of the experiences of the non-EU spouses prevented from visiting their loved ones in the UK since July 2012.
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.
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