Briefings and Conference Reports

Employment and immigration enforcement: The legal limits of what can be required from employers September 2016
Submission on behalf of Migrants’ Rights Network and UK Race and Europe Network to the inquiry on the status of EU nationals in the UK September 2016

Joint MRN/UKREN response to a panel of inquiry into the status of EU nationals.

The response deals with:

  • The question of granting permanent residence to EU nationals currently living in the UK
  • Healthcare and benefit rights of EU nationals
  • Cut-off dates
  • Potential for increased immigration flows from the EU immediately before Brexit becomes 'live'
Home Affairs Committee inquiry into hate crime and its consequences September 2016

This is a joint submission from Migrants’ Rights Network and the UK Race and Europe Network with evidence and views for the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into hate crime and its consequences.

  • The effectiveness of current legislation and law enforcement policies for preventing and prosecuting hate crime and its associated violence
  • The barriers that prevent individuals from reporting hate crime, and measures to improve reporting rates
  • The role of social media companies and other online platforms in helping to identify online sources of hate crime and to prevent online hate incidents from escalating
  • The role of the voluntary sector, community representatives, and other frontline organisations in challenging attitudes that underpin hate crime
  • Statistical trends in hate crime and how the recording, measurement and analysis of hate crime can be improved
  • The type, extent and effectiveness of the support that is available to victims and their families and how it might be improved
MRN response to APPG inquiry into social integration September 2016

MRN has responded to an inquiry into social integration by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration.

Broadly, MRN would like the UK’s current patchy approach to social integration take account of measures like those set out in the Migrant Policy Integration Index (MIPEX). These are summarised as:

  • Anti-discrimination
  • Labour market mobility
  • Family reunion
  • Education
  • Political Participation
  • Conditions for residence
  • Access to nationality

The submission concludes that

“Measures of integration used by the government at present seem to fit into the rhetoric of ‘Britishness’ and the degree to which migrants have been assimilated into its characteristics rather than anything more scientific or objective. We favour the approach used by MIPEX, which involves outcomes measured in terms of a range of independent variables which, taken together, give a better indication of the direction and dynamic of integration”.


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. “