Sunday 23 November 2014

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing

The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing brings together different sources of information relating to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants.

  • Asylum and Refugees
  • Migration
  • Events
  • Jobs

Asylum and Refugees

Red Cross report into refugee destitution arising from the 28 day 'move-on' period

A new publication from the Red Cross 'The move-on period: an ordeal for new refugees' highlights the problems generated by the 28 day 'move on' period for refugees after their status has been granted. This 28 day period provides people given refugee status with continued asylum support from the Home Office, such as housing and basic living expenses. However, refugees need to use this time to claim new benefits, find alternative accommodation and look for a job, otherwise they may face destitution once support is withdrawn.

The Red Cross report found that, in practice, moving to mainstream benefits usually takes much longer than 28 days and up to three months in one case. This delay is usually because of red tape and inefficiency from government staff. As a result, it reports, all the new refugees included in the study were destitute.

The report recommends better cross-departmental working (including the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, JobCentre Plus) and collaboration with refugees and related charities, in order to address the current issues for those within the move-on period. It proposes extending this period to 40 days in order to ease the transition, but preferably to continue providing asylum support until a refugee has found employment or moved onto mainstream benefits and is able to manage independently.

Read the full report here.

The British Red Cross’ report echoes many of the findings of the recent Refugee Council report 28 Days Later: the experiences of new refugees in the UK, which found new refugees being at risk of homelessness and destitution due to delays and bureaucratic failures.

Both reports revealed evidence of new refugees being forced to rely on the goodwill of friends or charities for support.

Working together to ensure the protection and reception of unaccompanied children in Europe

Friday, 19 September 2014, 9:30 - 17:00

Location: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HT

The conference is part of the European Commission-funded CONNECT project, a comparative research project looking at identifying good practices in, and improving, the connections between actors involved in reception, protection and integration of unaccompanied children in Europe. The conference will include expert panel sessions and workshops on the key themes addressed in the CONNECT project, which include:

  • Action to promote co-operation between different actors in legal and judicial proceeding involving unaccompanied and trafficked migrant children.
  • The development of children's courts.
  • The particular needs of unaccompanied children with special needs because of disability or being victims of human trafficking.
  • Unaccompanied children who go missing from care.
  • The need for multi-agency participation when collecting information for the determination of and application by a child for asylum or other forms of international protection.

Key note address by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith Jr Lecturer, Harvard Law School and author of Child Migration & Human Rights in a Global Age.
Speakers include experts in children's rights, migration and trafficking who work in government, the judiciary, NGOs and in independent legal practice.

More details can be found in the conference programme.

The conference is aimed at experts in child migration-related fields.

To request a place, please download and complete the registration form, and return it to katrina.hamilton99@hotmail.com.

Remedy Newsletter and Launch of Peer Support & Networking Group

The August Remedy newsletter can be found here New Guidance & Upcoming Events - working with human rights abuses
Remedy has consulted professionals who have attended their training sessions about ways in which they can support them to work with survivors of human rights abuses.

One thing they have heard is that it would be useful for professionals to have a space where they can easily share information and learning, as well as network with others.  

So, they have set up a Google Group and invite you to get involved.  

It's easy to join.  Simply follow this link, and hit the blue button to apply for membership from the admin. It's a private group to help ensure confidentiality.
Remedy recommend that all new members of the group post an introductory message very soon after joining to let people know who you are, where you work and what you hope to get from the network.

Migration

The Home Office’s Immigration Statistics April – June 2014was published on 28th August.

It provides the latest figures on those subject to immigration control. The release is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-april-to-june-2014  

There have been a range of improvements and changes to the following topic briefings and tables in this release:

  • Information on aspects of EEA migration that has previously been published in an EEA section, such as passenger arrivals and data regarding Croatian transitional arrangements, is now included in the admissions, Work, Extensions and Family topics. EEA figures on the Sector Based Scheme, the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, accession worker cards and registration certificates and documentation are published in tables ee 01, ee_01q and ee 02.
  • Data on asylum applicants accepted onto the fast-track process, and outcomes of these applications, have been consolidated to show totals rather than being broken down by detention facility. This is to reflect changes to operational procedures which mean that it is not possible to allocate fast-track cases to specific sites. 
  • The table showing those refused asylum who are eligible for the non-suspensive appeals process (as 13 q) has been redesigned to provide more detailed information and to clarify definitions.
  • The Resettlement table has been expanded to include data by quarter and nationality from 2013. It now also includes data on the new Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme under which some Syrian nationals have been granted Humanitarian Protection in the UK.
  • The Before Entry topic has been renamed as Visas to better reflect the content of this section. Tables on sponsorship for work and study have been separated out and renamed Sponsorship and these data are discussed in the Work and Study topics. Tables and data and information on port refusals have been moved to the Admissions tables and topic. 

Please email the Home Office if you have any comments on today’s Home Office’s Immigration Statistics release via: MigrationStatsEnquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. We would also appreciate feedback via a short survey that has been set up for users of the statistics to provide feedback, this can be completed by clicking  here. Home Office Statistics are keen to engage with users of these statistics, any comment or feedback will be gratefully received.

New legislation which will see landlords face fines if they rent homes to illegal immigrants without checking their ‘right to rent’.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire announced the new measures in the Immigration Act would be launched in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton as part of a phased introduction across the country.

The new law will mean private landlords will have to check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country if they want to avoid potentially being fined up to £3,000.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said:

We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tough on those who abuse the system or flout the law.

The right to rent checks are quick and simple, but will make it more difficult for immigration offenders to stay in the country when they have no right to be here.

They will also act as a new line of attack against unscrupulous landlords who exploit people by renting out substandard, overcrowded and unsafe accommodation.

Landlords in the West Midlands will have all the advice and support they need in advance of the checks going live on 1 December.

Landlords will need to see evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit. Many responsible landlords already do this as a matter of routine, and most legal renters will have the correct documentation ready to hand. In most cases landlords will be able carry out these simple checks without need to contact the Home Office.

Copies of the documentation will need to be taken as evidence the checks have been carried out and retained for one year after the tenancy ends. Children under 18 will not need to be checked. More information about how to carry out a right to rent check is available online at www.Gov.uk including eligibility for a free online Home Office checking service to confirm whether someone has a right to rent. A helpline (0300 069 9799) is also available.

Following an evaluation of the implementation in the West Midlands next spring, the Home Office expects to continue with the phased introduction of checks across the UK next year.

More information about landlord right to rent checks.

Check your postcode to see if your rental property is affected by the checks.

Subscribe for email updates to keep informed about right to rent checks

More information about the Immigration Act.

The reason for migration and labour market characteristics of UK residents born abroad

The Home Office has published a research report titled ‘The reason for migration and labour market characteristics of UK residents born abroad’ (Cooper, Campbell, Patel and Simmons 2014) available at  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-reason-for-migration-and-labour-market-characteristics-of-uk-residents-born-abroad

There has been detailed information on the number and characteristics of migrants from different countries using household surveys such as the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS), and on the intentions of migrants entering the UK via the International Passenger Survey (IPS), but until recently there had been no dataset that links these together. This new report uses the recently commissioned variable from the LFS and APS to estimate the stock of long-term migrants in the UK and their reason for coming initially to the UK. It also provides detailed analysis of the labour market position for those UK residents born outside the UK, regardless of whether they are now UK citizens or still foreign nationals, by their original purpose for migrating

Transatlantic Trends Survey 2014: Immigration still unpopular but evidence of more nuanced views amongst public

The annual survey of public opinion on the issues of the economy, international security and immigration and mobility undertaken by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, now in its thirteenth year of publication, has published its 2014 report on its key findings.

The survey covers the state of public opinion on these issues in the United States, eleven EU countries and, in this most recent report, Russia.

Its key findings in relation to mobility, immigration and integration are:

There is greater mixing of host and migrant populations in all countries, with most Americans and Europeans reporting that they have immigrant friends.

Large majorities in both the US and the European still disapprove of their governments’ handling of migration.

With the exception of the UK, large majorities in the US and other European countries agree that most immigrants come to work.

People across the countries felt that policy towards refugees should either remain as it was or be made more restrictive.  However a substantial minority of one in 5 people in both the US and Europe felt that policies should be less restrictive

A majority of US citizens believe immigrants are integrating well, but European opinion is more divided.

In its broad conclusions the survey finds that Germans in particular see immigration as being less of a problem despite the fact that, in recent years, it has put in place some of the most open policies Europe. On the other hand people in France are growing more worried.

Majorities in all the countries, with the exception of the UK, said that they believed immigration was ‘culturally enriching’.  Amongst Americans 65% agreed with statement, and for Europeans the figure is 58%.  In the UK however only 44% took this view, whilst 47% said it had a negative impact on culture.

The full report can be access on the link above

Stronger Together'Transparency in the UK Food Supply Chain - Guidance on ensuring ethical labour standards'.

The document, which is free to download at http://www.stronger2gether.org/, lays out pragmatic and straightforward good practice for UK-based growers and producers.

Specifically, businesses are encouraged to incorporate a three-step approach into their management practices. Step one is to map and risk assess the supply chain. Step two is to set and agree standards with key suppliers for the supply and management of labour and services. Step three involves working in partnership to ensure due diligence with those agreed standards.

Places on the 'Tackling Hidden Worker Exploitation' workshops to further help businesses understand their responsibilities and the best practice associated with combating modern day slavery may be booked at http://stronger2gether.org/events/.

 

24th September 2014

Youngs Seafood, Wickham Road, Grimsby, DN31 3SW

30th September 2014

Monaghan Mushrooms, Tyholland, Co. Monaghan, Ireland

3rd October 2014

REC, Dorset House, 27-45 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NT

8th October 2014

Co-operative Retail Logistics, 401 Edinburgh Road, Newhouse, Motherwell, Scotland, ML1 5GH

6th November 2014

Bakkavor Ltd, West Marsh Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2BB

13th November 2014

Corby Borough Council, The Corby Cube, Parkland Gateway, George Street, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 1QG

 

A flowchart to establish if local authorities should join NRPF Connect to reduce NRPF caseload and spend

NRPF Connect is the Home Office’s preferred way of working with local authorities to reduce No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) caseload and spend. Please follow this link to the flowchart which shows the number of NRPF cases and annual spend by a local authority which would make this a value for money solution: www.nrpfnetwork.org.uk/Documents/Steps to joining Connect.pdf

Demos report strongly criticises the way English language courses are provided to immigrant communities

The think-tank Demos has published a report on the way English language courses are delivered to immigrant communities in the UK.

The report uses 2011 national census figures to establish the claim that 850,000 migrants could not speak English 'well' or 'not at all'.  It claims that amongst this group some 700,000 are being left effectively 'voiceless' in terms of their dealing with UK governing authorities.

It argues that newcomers to the UK have not been served well by the failure of governments to put in place a national strategy for the provision of language courses for everyone who would benefit from improved English langauge skills. This has not been helped in recent times by a 40% cut in funding for ESOL courses across the country.

The report describes a "capacity crunch", with evidence that 80% of institutions providing ESOL training had waiting lists which sometimes reach the level of 1,000 students waiting to enrol on courses.  Surveys of ESOL providers show  two-thirds (66%) citing the lack of government funding as the main cause. 

As well as arguing a national strategy for the provision of language courses, the report proposes a number of specific recommendations to bridge the gap between supply and demand.  These include:

Employers being encouraged to contribute towards the cost of ESOL provision to improve productivity, cohesion and staff retention amongst their employees.

Government match-funding employer contributions to help share the burden between employers, learners and the state.

Alternative ways for learners to earn ESOL ‘credits’, such as volunteering or opting to mentor other ESOL students through their early stages.

Money saved by local authorities from cuts to translation services should instead be ploughed back into ESOL provision. 

The full report can be downloaded HERE

Demos' press release accompanying the report can be viewed HERE

British Future and Universities UK release report on student migration

Think tank British Future and university lobby group Universities UK has published a report that outlines public opinion on international student migration. The report suggests that the British public understand the economic and educational benefits brought to Britain by those who come here to study.

The report draws on a nationally representative poll by ICM of 2,111 people, together with six deliberative workshops held in York, Bristol and Nottingham. It reveals that:

59% of the public says the government should not reduce international student numbers, even if that limits the government’s ability to cut immigration numbers overall. Only 22% take the opposing view.

66% of Conservative voters are opposed to reducing student numbers.

60% of people think that international students bring money into their local economy. Only 12% think they take money out.

61% agree that Britain’s universities would have less funding to invest in top-quality facilities and teaching without the higher fees paid by international students. Only 7% disagree. 

75% think that international students should be allowed to stay and work in Britain after graduating from British universities, using their skills for the benefit of our economy, for at least a period of time. 

Only 22% of the public thinks that international students should count as migrants. Most people do not understand why they would be counted towards the government’s immigration targets.

Based on public opinion, the report makes the following recommendations:

*The government should remove international students from any net migration target.

*The government should launch an international student growth strategy, backed by investment, to promote British universities overseas, build new international partnerships and attract more international students to Britain. 

*The government should make a renewed effort – through its words, actions and policies – to communicate a consistent message that Britain welcomes international students.

*The government should enhance opportunities for qualified international graduates to stay in the UK to work and contribute to the economy.

Read more: 

Public “baffled” students included in government’s migration targets

International students and the UK immigration debate (PDF)

JRF report says poverty and ethnicity are still closely linked

A new report published today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation argues that evidence shows there is a strong link between poverty in the UK and ethnicity.

The report found evidence showing that there are higher rates of poverty among all ethnic minority groups than among white British people in the UK.  However, it says that the links between the two are more complex and not well understood. It finds that "Poverty varies according to many factors, including age, gender, disability and geography."

This report indicates the key points in understanding the impact of ethnicity on poverty, and draws to an initial rounds of JRF research into this subject which will be continued into a second phase which will look at the way poverty has developed over the course of the recession.

The research that will be carried forward into more investigation has found that:

Racism and discrimination are major factors limiting opportunities for people from ethnic groups;

Local and national government, and service providers involved in employment, education and care must effectively monitor outcomes according to ethnicity; and

‘Low wage traps’ affect ethic minority workers particularly badly.

To view the full report and a summary version CLICK HERE

Readers may be aware of the CIH/BMENational housing rights website (www.housing-rights.info) which provides help to migrants and their advisers about access to housing and housing benefit. CIH has been offered a small grant from the TDS Charitable Foundation (itself funded by the Tenants Dispute Service) to extend the website to cover the private rented sector (PRS). The aim will be to guide migrants and their advisers on access to the PRS, problems they may encounter, how to exercise their rights, access to LHA, the checks that will be imposed by the Immigration Act, etc. It will be of particular benefit to recent migrants who are often forced into poorer parts of the sector and are unaware of their rights and find it difficult to access advice services

CIH/BME National Housing Rights website are writing to let you know about this work but also to request (a) any documentation or advice notes which you use and which might be helpful in building up the material (including sources that could be referred to on the site) (b) if you have particular expertise or have staff working in this area (whether advising migrants or advising on entry to the PRS in general), and would be willing to look at draft material before it goes live. 

We plan to contact a small number of agencies by telephone to discuss their priorities for advice on the PRS and potentially to road-test some of the material.

We hope that this will further add to what we believe is already a valuable and well-used resource, and in any event we'll be in touch again early in 2015 when the new material goes live.policyandpractice@cih.org

Leicestershire County Council Community Cohesion e-bulletin

This week’s News Update is available on Leicestershire County Council’s website, by clicking on http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/your_council/equality_and_diversity/content_template-newpage-12.htm and then scrolling down to the ‘Community Cohesion news bulletin’ section. The most recent editions of the News Update will always be found on this page.

Events

What is a Fair and Just Lincolnshire?

A one day conference to be held at the Lincoln Showroom on October 1st.

This promises to be a thought provoking and inspirational event with contributors already confirmed and more to be announced over the coming days. There will be opportunity to celebrate good work that already exists as well as highlighting challenges that we face.

Lunch is provided.

Spaces are limited so please book now to guarantee your place.

For more information please call the office on 01522 836159 or email sue.ellis@just.lincolnshire.gov.uk

Please note that if the cost of travelling to the event is prohibitive, please contact the office to discuss further Register

The Race Equality Centre Annual General Meeting – 15th September 2014

We would like invite you to be a guest at our forthcoming AGM. The event is scheduled to take place from 6.00pm to 9.00pm at:

3rd Floor, 5-9 Upper Brown Street

Phoenix Yard,

Leicester. LE1 5TE. [ctrl+click here for map]

We will be receiving an address from Professor Gus John, academic, educationalist, community activist, social commentator and, avowed anti-racist. His topic will be:

“The failure of race equality over 30 years to make material changes locally and nationally”.

This is especially relevant given the demography of the City and County and the current financial climate.

Please let TREC know if you will be attending.

administrator@theraceequalitycentre.org.uk

Nottingham Arimathea Trust 21st – 28th September - Week for Peace

At the end of September the Nottingham Quakers will be running a Week for Peace with various different events taking place across the city.  The full programme can be found on their website http://www.weekforpeace.org.uk/.  Nottingham Arimathea Trust will be holding a screening of the film, ‘Destitution: Our Story’ followed by a period of discussion and reflection with volunteers and residents.  The screening will take place at 7pm on Thursday 25th September at the Friends’ Meeting House, 25 Clarendon St
 

Training

NRPF Human Rights Assessments – Children and Families

The training course includes an introduction to the statutory background of the NRPF condition, community care responsibilities to clients with NRPF, the Schedule 3 NIAA restriction and then a detailed introduction to human rights assessments.

The objectives of the session are;

  • To identify who is eligible and who is not eligible for support under social services legislation.
  • To be able to use legislation and case law to help resolve complex cases.
  • To learn how to complete a Human Rights Assessment.
  • To apply good practice in assessing and supporting individuals and families.
  • To be aware of the resources that are available in order to stay up-to-date with policy and legal developments

The Trainer: The training will be delivered by Henry St Clair Miller.

Aimed at:Social workers (children’s services), asylum caseworkers, managers and policy officers.

Date: 26 November 2014, 10:00 – 16:30

Venue:East Midlands Councils, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Costs:

Local Authority Members £175

Associate Members £210

Non-members £250

(subject to VAT)

Booking

To book your place please complete the booking form, either online or booking form here

Please note the booking terms and conditions - http://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Training-and-Development/Events-Training-and-Development/Terms-and-conditions

NRPF Human Rights Assessments - Adults

The training course includes an introduction to the statutory background of the NRPF condition, community care responsibilities to clients with NRPF, the Schedule 3 NIAA restriction and then a detailed introduction to human rights assessments.

The objectives of the session are;

To identify who is eligible and who is not eligible for support under social services legislation.

To be able to use legislation and case law to help resolve complex cases.

To learn how to complete a Human Rights Assessment.

To apply good practice in assessing and supporting individuals and families.

To be aware of the resources that are available in order to stay up-to-date with policy and legal developments

The Trainer:

The training will be ran by Henry St Clair Miller.

Aimed at:

Social workers (adult - community care and mental health), asylum caseworkers, managers and policy officers.

Event Date:

27 November 2014, 10:00 – 16:30

Venue:

East Midlands Councils, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB

Costs:

Local Authority Members £175
Associate Members £210

Non-members £250

(subject to VAT)

Booking:

To book your place please complete the booking form, either online or booking form here

Please note the booking terms and conditions - http://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Training-and-Development/Events-Training-and-Development/Terms-and-conditions

Training Courses from Just Whistle

BUY 2 PLACES - GET ONE FREE ON NATIONAL CSE TRAINING THROUGHOUT
THE REST OF 2014!

Applies to all training courses in September, October, November and December 2014

Courses included:

Child Sexual Exploitation – Train the Trainer
Receive training which will equip and enable you to deliver CSE training to others.
Click here to book your place
 

Child Sexual Exploitation – Prevention, Protection and Investigation
This course is aimed at all practitioners working with children, young people and families and it will be particularly valuable for those with responsibilities for child protection or safeguarding
Click here to book your place
 

Human Trafficking Introductory Course
Designed to give the front line practitioner from any agency, statutory or non-statutory, a basic awareness of what constitutes Trafficking in Human Beings (THB).
Click here to book your place
 

Working with Families Affected by Child Sexual Exploitation
Exploring and learning about new approaches to working with families and loved ones affected by the exploitation of a young person
Click here to book your place

Consultations

Healthwatch Leicestershire is an independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch will make sure that the views of the public and people who use health and social care services are heard and listened to by positively influencing those that make decisions, reminding them that every voice matters.

Throughout the months of September, October, November and December 2014 Healthwatch will be out in communities listening to your experiences. We are seeking to engage with user groups, social groups, forums, luncheon clubs and organisations of different communities in order to capture and better understand their experiences of using health and social care services in Leicestershire.

We are one of 152 community-focused Healthwatch's from around the country. Together they form the Healthwatch England network, working closely to ensure that your views are represented both locally and nationally. We’re independent and we have the strength of the law and Healthwatch England behind us.

If you can help us to make a difference by capturing the views and opinions of those that are often unheard, then please get in contact with us. We believe that your voice counts and we would like to hear from you. 

For more information please email Ivan Liburd at ivan.l@healthwatchleics.co.uk or call on 0116 2574980 

Jobs

Job opportunity: Migrants’ Law Project is seeking a solicitor

4 days per week post, to be based at Islington Law Centre.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic solicitor to provide advice and representation to organisations and individuals seeking to undertake public law challenges in the field of asylum and immigration law.  Then, where necessary, intervening in cases and litigating.  The role also involves provision of training on strategic litigation to a range of actors in the sector, coordinating the MLP forum, supporting outreach, fundraising work and supporting the management of the project.

Candidates should have some experience of complex casework, delivering training and a commitment to upholding the human rights of asylum seekers, migrants, and refugees. 

Applications are welcomed from practitioners that are not yet accredited to undertake asylum and immigration work, provided that they have an interest in this area and are willing and able to obtain accreditation. 

For more information, please visit http://themigrantslawproject.org/contact-us/vacancies/

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 22nd September. 

Interviews will be held on Friday 10th October. Please note no other dates are available.

Opportunity at MRN: UKREN Project Intern

Migrants’ Rights Network is looking for an intern to support the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN).

UKREN is a membership body comprising of 160 race equality organisations across the UK that have an interest in how European law and policies (EU and Council of Europe) help protect the human rights of ethnic and national minorities.

This is a good opportunity for somebody wishing to gain experience in working for an NGO on European race equality issues and in events management.

This internship is paid at the living wage of £8.80 per hour. If you are interested in this opportunity please send us your CV together with a short covering letter on why this internship opportunity is important to you and how you meet the person specification. Deadline for applications is Friday 19 September at 5pm.

Applications should be sent by email to Alan Anstead (alan@ukren.org) with the subject line UKREN internship. A short interview by telephone may be arranged. The successful candidate will be notified by 30 September.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we will inform all applicants of whether they were successful or not, we will not be able to provide detailed feedback on your application. We would like to thank you for your interest in supporting UKREN and MRN.

Documents: 

Download the role description (PDF)