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Alan Anstead Jul 4, 2016
A small majority of UK voters said that the UK should leave the EU in the referendum on 23 June. UKREN’s Alan Anstead looks at some of the main human rights implications of the UK government invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and starting the countdown to leaving the EU.
Charter of Fundamental Rights The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights covers political, social and economic rights: dignity, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights and justice. Although the Charter is consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights, many see it as a more modern codification because includes such rights as data protection, which was not an issue when the European Convention on Human Rights was passed in 1950. On leaving the EU, this would no longer apply to the UK.     European Convention on Human Rights
Alan Anstead May 6, 2016
The insidious expansion of immigration enforcement activities into other areas of public life is becoming an increasing menace to the human and legal rights of many migrant communities. Operation Nexus is an example of what is going and we set out the reasons why its steady creep needs to be checked.
A lot has been said, for and against, free movement within the EU. Most people think it means that any EU national can travel to another EU country and live there, work there or look for work. That’s true for the first three months. But after that it becomes murkier. One has to ‘access one’s freedom of movement rights’ which means being in employment, being self-employed, being a student with finance for the duration of the course, or having funds to sustain oneself and family. Freedom of movement is one of the founding principles of the EU, designed to support the economies of EU countries by providing a mobile work force. However, did you know that the UK government is forcibly deporting hundreds of EU nationals, many of them illegally?
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.
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