An overview of the latest statistics, policy and research on migration issues affecting partner organisations in Yorkshire and Humber.
Here’s a summary:
- Migration trends before the Covid-19 emergency showed UK net migration remaining stable at the end of 2019 with a continued fall in EU migration for work and a rise in non-EU migration for study – now the main reason for migration.
- A policy statement on the new points-based immigration system was published and a new immigration bill ending free movement was introduced, although its second reading in Parliament was cancelled.
- Immigration policy changes announced since the coronavirus outbreak include automatic visa extensions to doctors and other NHS staff.
- The Immigration Health Surcharge will increase to £624 per year.
- There was a large increase in a number of referrals to the National Referral Mechanism in 2019, with over 10,000 potential victims identified.
- The long-delayed Windrush ‘lessons learned’ review was published.
- Despite applications to the EU settlement scheme exceeding 3 million, concerns are still being raised about vulnerable groups including children in care. Local authorities can apply for Home Office grant funding.
- Operational changes to the asylum process and asylum support have been introduced in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, along with guidance for children’s services concerning unaccompanied children.
- Travel for refugees being resettled has been suspended.
- An economic analysis suggests extending the move-on period for new refugees could save significant resources.
- A parliamentary inquiry is exploring how isolated groups have been reached during the pandemic.
- An opinion poll suggests public support for migrants working in NHS.
- The EU Commission found socio-economic factors are more important than density of migrants locally in shaping public attitudes to migration.