Weekly Immigration News Bulletin 28th April – 4th May 2018

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By Annabel Stuart-Bourne Immigration Law Solicitor Linkedin
Danielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
4 May 2018

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.


Britain’s hostile environment has been a century in the making Opinion | The Guardian | 29.4.18

Nadifa Mohamed, a British-Somali novelist, has written this piece on the treatment of migrants in Britain, lamenting the fact that however long they are in the country, however much they contribute, they remain ‘eternal strangers’. She draws attention to the devastating effects the hostile environment has had over the past 100 years, from 1919 when there were race riots, prompting the immigration officer to say that it would be better for Britain if the Black and Asian communities were sent to concentration camps. Although the recent Windrush scandal has caused many to speak out against and challenge the government’s hostile environment policy, Nadifa says that the problem goes back much further and deeper than that, and is something that has riddled the country with nasty and hateful ideas about immigration. Read the full article…

Sajid Javid set to bring in Australian-style immigration model and SCRAP 100k target | The Express | 2.5.18

The new Home Secretary is looking at getting rid of the 100,000 net migration target which was introduced in 2010, but has never been met. Instead he plans to set five requirements which migrants will have to meet. These include: having a decent level of English, having a fixed job offer, and providing evidence of tax-paying over several years. Tory MP Nick Boles who suggested these measures, said that an immigration policy that is both ‘tough and humane’ is what this country needs. Read the full article…

‘I won’t go soft on migration’: Theresa May pledges to keep up the fight against illegal immigration but Javid distances himself from ‘hostile’ policy | The Daily Mail | 1.5.18

Despite Mr Javid wanting to introduce a new immigration model, the prime minister has said that stands by her hard policies, even in the face of the Windrush scandal. It appears the two are set to come up in a clash over the net migration target, which the new Home Secretary wants to scrap.
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Domestic abuse victims ‘trapped’ in violent situations due to government’s hostile environment policies, says report | The Independent | 2.5.18

On 28th November 2017, the immigration news bulletin mentioned an article concerning a woman who was arrested over her immigration status when she reported rape to the police. Now, five months later, and we are hearing that women are still feeling trapped in abusive relationships because of cases like that, as they feel threatened by deportation. This is further evidence of the detrimental effects of the government’s hostile environment, which is causing damage much deeper than they may be aware of. What is more, at a time where mental health awareness is talked about and supported a great deal, it is astonishing that the government does not realise the effect their policies have on the mental health of migrants. Read the full article…

Sajid Javid warned over students forced from UK after language tests | The Guardian | 1.5.18

An investigation in 2014 found that there was systemic, widescale cheating by students in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), which foreign students are required to take in order to be allowed to study in this country. Consequently, 40,000 visas were revoked: however, 4,000 individuals who were innocent were caught up in this, being told that they must return to their home country, after the Home Office terminated their education. The MP from East Ham has contacted the new Home Secretary, requesting that he give this matter ‘careful consideration’, as there are several students in his constituency who have been affected by this. What seems to be a recurring problem with the hostile environment is that there is no room for dialogue between the migrants and the Home Office: if there was a period of time for review before measures such as deportation are carried out, perhaps cases like this would be prevented from happening. Read the full article…

Brook House: Use of force against immigration detainees more than doubles in a year, watchdog finds | The Independent | 2.5.18

A report has found that there has been an increase of more than 160% of cases in which force is used against detainees in the Brook House immigration detention centre, since 2015. Guards have been filmed acting inhumanely towards individuals, allegedly ‘choking, mocking and abusing’ them. Moreover, there has been a significant number of self-harm incidents, some of which have needed medical attention. Doctors have been advising for months now that detaining vulnerable individuals such as these is extremely harmful to mental health, and consequently all immigration removal centres should be shut down. However, this advice has been dismissed by the government and the realities of the centres are now worse than ever. Read the full article…