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Sofia Roupakia Mar 29, 2016
Whoever gets to be the Mayor of the capital city will have one of the most powerful voices on the effects of immigration policy in the country. Here are some ideas on what that person could best do to support the rights of one-third of London’s residents.
With a constituency of 8.6 million people candidates for Mayor of London will be seeking a mandate to represent the capital city from one of the largest electorates in Europe, and certainly the most diverse. Over 3 million Londoners were born outside the UK, according to the last census.  Forty-four percent define themselves as being black or from other ethnic minority groups.  More than three-quarters say that English is their first or only language, 20 percent say they speak a second language either well or very well.  
Don Flynn Mar 21, 2016
Seventy percent of immigration enforcement action directed against businesses takes place in ethnic minority neighbourhoods. This is a recipe for perpetuating racism and exploitation – not defeating it.
If you take a map of almost anywhere in the UK and plot into all the evidence of immigration raids on business premises which UKVI helpfully provides two things emerge very clearly.  The first of these is the tendency for this enforcement activity to cluster in and around neighbourhoods where ethnic minorities are densest.  The second comes from looking at the names of the businesses which have had civil penalty fines imposes on them.   In the vast majority of cases the fact of their ethnicity is the critical factor.
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.
Alina Müller Jan 13, 2016
Private landlords are due to start checking the immigration status of prospective tenants from 1 February. Is this the start of a system where we all become unpaid Border Guards in the government's pursuit of tougher immigration controls?
In a few weeks, on 1 February, my best friend will be given a new responsibility by the UK government: guarding the UK border. Though this sounds like a daunting task, the way the government has set things up, he will not have to give up his current job as a digital editor to carry it out. He can do it as he goes about his day–to-day life.  Nonetheless, being quite critical of the government’s immigration policy, immigration control is not a responsibility he would have assumed of his own accord. So how did he end up in this situation?
Tatiana Garavito Nov 9, 2015
The second reading of the new Immigration Bill was held a couple of weeks ago in the Commons. The draconian measures in the Bill have largely flown under the radar of the mainstream media and grassroots action is needed immediately to alert and galvanise our communities.
The Immigration Bill proposes changes that extend powers to police our communities which now take in landlords and financial institutions. It also proposes a new labour market enforcement director who will be required to work with immigration enforcement - a mandate that confuses the protection of workers’ rights with the enforcement of immigration control. Broad Coalition A broad coalition of groups concerned with human rights, civil liberties, the rule of law and the social and economic rights of migrants has begun to assemble. It is working hard to lobby for changes to the most worrying aspects of the proposed legislation.
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