Immigration Law (4 June - 18 June)

Immigration News

Immigration rules 'to be eased to allow NHS to recruit more staff'

The Independent – 14 June

Sajid Javid, the newly appointed Home Secretary is expected to announce the removal of the cap on skilled workers to allow overseas medics coming to work in the UK. Currently the government only give out 20,700 tier 2 visas per year. Allowing more overseas doctors to work in the UK will ease the increasing pressures on the NHS.

Council criticised for failure to provide accommodation to child refugees

Free Movement – 13 June

Free Movement discusses the case of R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Brent [2018] EWHC 1068 (Admin) with regards to providing accommodation and care for unaccompanied child asylum seekers. The High Court found that the London borough of Brent was ‘in breach of its duty under section 20 of the Children Act 1989’ and had not provided suitable care for the child in question.

MPs condemn Home Office deportation threats over taxes

The Guardian – 13 June

A number of MPs have criticised Caroline Nokes, the Immigration minister, for her poor management of her department and allowing skilled migrants to face removal over making legal amendments to their taxes. At least 1,000 people are believed to face removal under paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules.

£19 million funding for councils to boost integration

Gov.UK – 8 June

Communities Minister, Lord Bourne, has announced that £19 million will be given to councils across England to help with recent migration. Money has been earmarked for supporting victims of modern slavery, and helping refugees integrate into their new communities. Over 38 projects around the country will be receiving a portion of the allocated funds.

European fruit pickers shun Britain

BBC News – 7 June

Since Brexit was announced there has been a sharp decline in seasonal fruit pickers from Europe coming over to the UK to work, leading to a some produce rotting in the fields. Britain needs 80,000 season pickers per year, 99% of whom normally come from Eastern Europe. The value of the pound and uncertainty over who can work seasonally in the UK and what documentation is required are some of the contributing factors to this decline.

Government faces high court challenge over 'right to rent' scheme

The Guardian – 6 June

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) have won the right to launch a High Court case, allowing them to challenge the government’s scheme that obliges landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants. The ‘right to rent’ scheme is part of the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ approach to immigration and has faced a lot of criticism in recent weeks.

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