welfare and public services

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 Dec 18, 2013 2 Comment(s)
The Our Day project has been building for 18th December as a a day to celebrate and honour migrants from all over the world who have their lives in the UK. It is a time to take stock of what has been happening during the past 12 months, and all the challenges before us in 2014 and beyond.
Don Flynn Sep 16, 2013
Migration policies are increasingly inclined to make life harder for migrants by withholding public services, cutting back on welfare benefits, and even challenging the right to family life. But shouldn't policymakers show more regard for migrant wellbeing, rather than less?
The IOM's World Migration Review for 2013 has just been published, entitled Migrant Well-being and Development. It's a hefty volume, 220 pages long in A4 format, taking the patient reader through a wealth of statistics dealing with “four migrant pathways”, the world's top migration corridors, gender, age and skill issues, and finally alighting on potential development impacts.
Juan Camilo Sep 9, 2013 1 Comment(s)
The government’s consultation on migrant access and financial contribution to the NHS has received submission from numerous bodies with different areas of expertise, from lawyers and healthcare experts to trade unionists. A few of them have published their responses pointing out a number of difficulties with the government’s plans. The responses seem to be overwhelmingly opposed to the proposals.
In summary, the government aims to: Introduce a health levy that migrants without permanent residence would have to pay when applying for a visa in order to be able to access NHS services. Extend charging visitors and irregular migrants for NHS treatment to primary care, including seeing a GP and potentially to emergency care. Introducing a new registration and data sharing system to enable the NHS to identify and charge patients. A fuller briefing on the proposals can be found here.
Don Flynn Jul 7, 2013 10 Comment(s)
The government is planning to erode the right to NHS services for migrants and make it more difficult for them to obtain tenancies. Will this be the easy win they seem to expect, or will resistance be stiffer than they are expecting?
The government pushed ahead last week with its plans for a new immigration bill which will consist of measures aimed at making it tougher for new migrants to settle into anything resembling a decent life in the UK. The measures aimed at achieving this pretty ignoble end involve closing down access to free NHS healthcare for large numbers of people who have yet to establish themselves in permanent settlement, and a new duty on landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants.
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