Briefings and Conference Reports

EU Nationals in the UK - MRN Briefing Paper May 2016

In this briefing MRN says that in or out of the EU, the government will have to come up with other ways of managing migration that will allow the movement of people across UK borders similar to levels under the EU regulations.

This new briefing aims to provide an easy-reference for information about EU citizens living and working. It covers:

  • Numbers
  • Work & the Jobs Market
  • Benefits
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Education
  • Crime & Security

What do EU nationals say?

Michal Siewniak, a community development manager from Hertfordshire, originally from Poland, says:

“There are many critics of the free movement, but I love it. The whole scheme has enabled me to do so much – including serving my community as a former local councillor. It’s made a real difference in my life and I am grateful for it!”

Veronika Susedkova, a Czech charity worker from Yorkshire, adds:

“Free movement complement personal rights and enriches communities and wider society. If the freedom to move, work and live disappears it will complicate the ordinary lives of Brits and EU citizens - both in the UK and in Europe. And we could lose the enterprising spirit, courage and diversity people have brought with them!”

And Ivelina Metchkarova, a Bulgarian policy officer from Leeds, comments:

 “Taking free movement away would have a fundamental affect on me and my children. It would undermine a founding EU principle - people’s ability to mix with each other across borders and to build understanding and social cohesion. For me, it would mean losing a kind of European citizenship, which gives me and my children the right to live, work, study, retire or do business across my continent. “


MRN and BritCits Briefing on Divided Families and the 'MM' Case February 2016

In advance of the Supreme Court hearing of the case of MM & Ors v Secretary of State, Home Department MRN and BritCits have produced this briefing paper explaining the issues.  It explains why the divided families are still hoping for justice and a solution to the continuing problem of prolonged family separation

Immigration Bill 2015 - 'Everyday Borders' loom over migrants and their communities December 2015

On 25 November 2015, Migrant Rights Network (MRN) brought together community activists, campaigners and charity workers to discuss the implications of the new immigration bill and what sort of strategies will be needed to fight for migrants’ rights under the new law. Download a copy of the report from this page. And Watch London communities against the Immigration Bill here

MRN Briefing on the Immigration Bill 2015-16 September 2015

An Immigration Bill 2015-16 was laid before Parliament on 17 September. It contains an unprecedented expansion of the powers of immigration officials to detain individuals, to seize property, and to otherwise interfere with everyday activities, often on the mere suspicion that someone involved is in the UK without authorisation.

Here are the reasons why MRN thinks it should worry us all.

Government changes to the family migration rules - 2015 update July 2015

This briefing offers an update on the family migration rules intorduced in 2012. It gives a general overievew with regards to the rules, numbers, legal challenges and opposition. This briefing was prepared as a background document for a Migrants Rights Network organised meeting in Parliament on 9th July 2015 marking the third anniversary of the rules.