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Why Being Tough on Migrants Actually Undermines Effective Immigration Control

Shortcuts to boosting public confidence in immigration control actually have the opposite effect by making real control harder.

There are three basic functions for a government immigration department:

Controlling entry;

Integrating those who are admitted; and

Ensuring the departure of others.

Those are not simple things to do in practice. Two of them, aren’t, at any rate. I will say nothing here about what the criteria should be for controlling entry. Integration isn’t actually that hard: the first thing to do is stop actively obstructing it. Ensuring departure is extremely difficult and a topic for another day.

The point I want to make here is these are the three core objectives that an immigration department should be focussed on achieving. Activities that do not contribute to these objectives should be deprioritised. Activities that actively obstruct these objectives should be stopped.

Yet over and over again we see the Home Office taking action and pursuing policies that are actually counter productive. The latest case, which has prompted me to finish writing this short piece, is that of Nelson Shardey. What follows is a long and slightly rambling piece. I’m sorry about that; I’m thinking this through and making it up as I go. It’s a bit of a messy process!

Source: Colin Yeo, ‘We Wanted Workers’ https://shorturl.at/f70FT

Climate Crisis Fuels Deadly Floods, Worsening Hunger In Afghanistan

The devastating floods that struck Afghanistan recently are likely to intensify in the coming months, exacerbating the already critical food insecurity in the affected districts, the UN emergency food relief agency warned on Tuesday 21st May. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that as erratic weather on the back of the worsening climate crisis “becomes the norm”, things will only get worse.

This month’s unusually high rainfall followed a dry winter, rendering the ground too hard to absorb water, leading to massive flooding. Unseasonably warm temperatures further complicated the situation by melting mountain snow, causing rivers to overflow and inundating villages with mud. “With one disaster after another hitting these communities, they are being pushed back into destitution. Recent improvements in food security in Afghanistan now risk being lost,” said Hsiao-Wei Lee, WFP Country Director for Afghanistan. These families need emergency assistance to survive, and in the longer term, they need investments in community infrastructure that help protect their homes, lands and livelihoods.”

Read more: United Nations, https://shorturl.at/EGxMZ

Electronic Monitoring of Migrants on Immigration Bail Unlawful

In a lengthy judgment handed down on the 15th May, the High Court has found that a number of aspects of the Home Office's GPS tagging of four migrants on immigration bail was unlawful.

Mr Justice Lavender ruled: "I have found that the defendant acted unlawfully in three different ways. I have found that: (1) The defendant acted unlawfully in ADL's and PER's case by not considering whether the imposition of an EM condition would be impractical or contrary to ADL's or PER's Convention rights. (2) The defendant also acted unlawfully in ADL's case by not considering the representations made on behalf of ADL. (3) The defendant acted unlawfully in BNE's and ADL's case by not giving reasons for rejecting the representations made on behalf of BNE and ADL. Moreover, had their claims been brought in time, I would have found that the defendant acted unlawfully in Mr Dos Reis', BNE's and PER's case by not conducting a quarterly review of their EM conditions in time."

In an initial reaction following the judgment, Privacy International commented on X: "The judgment reveals significant issues of procedural fairness, including failures by the Home Office to explain why it was imposing or maintaining GPS tracking. The court also found that the Home Office unlawfully failed to carry out reviews of multiple claimants' GPS tracking conditions in breach of the right to private life of two of the claimants. In two of the cases, the court also found that the Home Office had breached the claimants' right to privacy on the basis that it continued to impose GPS tracking even though it was no longer 'necessary in a democratic society'."

Read more: EIN, https://shorturl.at/fbQ09

Women's Issues Have Seen a "Sea Change" In Parliamentary Attention

MPs and campaigners have declared there has been a parliamentary “sea change” on women's issues, as a range of topics primarily affecting women are taking an ever more prominent place in politics.

Analysis of Hansard shows just how much has changed when it comes to addressing women’s issues. Sexual harassment and sexual violence – women were victims of 86 per cent of sexual offences recorded by the police in the year ending March 2022 – used to only be mentioned in Parliament a few times a year. In the last 10 years, there has been an exponential rise in parliamentary discussion of both. Sexual harassment has been mentioned 880 times in the last 10 years, compared to 76 times in the previous ten years from 2004.

Similar patterns can be seen with other women’s issues, including the gender pay gap, women’s health, childcare – an issue where women still primarily feel the burden – girls' education, menopause, and birth trauma. Menopause had been mentioned 84 times in all the years on record prior to 2014, but has been mentioned 446 times in the ten years up to now.

Some of the discussion has translated into government policy: This year, the Government has expanded childcare provisions, with eligible working parents of two-year-olds being able to access 15 hours of free childcare support from April 2024.

Just in the past week, a number of women’s issues have taken centre stage in Westminster. The Government announced a new restriction on sex offenders legally changing their names would become law after years of campaigning by cross-party MPs and survivors groups. On Monday, the cross-party APPG on Birth Trauma published a harrowing report that has called for an overhaul of the UK's maternity and postnatal care after hearing evidence from more than 1,300 women – prompting a national conversation on the topic. Later that day, Parliament voted in favour of a new ban from the parliamentary estate on MPs who have been arrested in connection with sexual assault.

Source: Politics Home, https://shorturl.at/KTAcl

Climate Change Protester Placed Under Home Curfew Violation of Article 2

By a majority (six votes to one), that there had been a violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 4 (freedom of movement) in respect of Joël Domenjoud. The case concerned home-curfew orders issued against two French nationals, Cédric and Joël Domenjoud, on the basis of state-of-emergency legislation. The measures were taken in the context of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“COP21”).

The Minister of the Interior justified the home-curfew orders by the need to ensure security at the COP21 event, against the backdrop both of a serious terrorist threat and of violent incidents at other major events in neighbouring countries in 2015. His decision was also based on information brought to his attention by the intelligence services in “white note” memos, which indicated that activists were preparing violent protests around the summit and that the two applicants were likely to take part.

ECtHR: Download the decision, https://shorturl.at/gJL56

We Can’t Hope to End Wars If We’re Not Honest About What They Are

Grappling with the consequences of a world at war requires us to be more specific about the problem. This begins with using more honest and descriptive language.

The world is plagued with more wars than at any time in a generation. For the most part, policymakers are also less able to resolve them. And even when they appear to do so, the deals they strike are less likely to stick.

This is often glossed over, but so is the fact that the language we use to describe war and conflict obscures the scale and nature of the violence and makes light of the work required to secure sustainable and inclusive peace.

Ceasefires, de-escalation, and frozen or low-intensity conflict are called peace. War managed through humanitarian action is a protracted crisis. A peace process is described as such, even if it is unable or unwilling to deliver any such thing.

Grappling with the consequences of a world at war requires us to be more specific about the problem. This begins with using more honest and descriptive language. It must also include more accurate framing of the lengthy and iterative phases of successful conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Read more: Emma Beals, New Humanitarian, https://shorturl.at/3agdb

Long, Dangerous Journeys on the Rise But Migration Drives Prosperity

Migration is on track to become one of the defining features of the 21st century and more action is needed to ensure regular pathways for people to move safely, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday May 21st in New York.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day meeting on harnessing the power of migration, IOM Director General Amy Pope expressed hope that participants will help deliver prosperity, benefits and innovations for migrants and for their countries of origin and destination.

Roughly 281 million people worldwide are one the move, representing around 3.6 per cent of the global population, according to a recent IOM report. This is up from 153 million in 1990, and more than triple the 84 million in 1970. Global trends point to more migration in the future.

Reasons to Flee - “More people are fleeing war or fleeing violence. More people are fleeing economic hardship, or lack of opportunity. More people are fleeing the impacts of climate change, or food scarcity. And increasingly, people are fleeing a combination of all of the above,” Ms. Pope said.

Read more: United Nations, https://shorturl.at/fwXGQ

‘Slow Violence’ of Destitution Impacts Migrants in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU) and the Boaz Trust released a new report this week on destitution among migrants in the Manchester region.

It describes the plight of people in Greater Manchester who are forced into destitution, often for years on end, due to their immigration status and the myriad of harms that destitution causes. The report focuses on adults without children and is based on five in-depth case studies of people who are experiencing or have experienced destitution.

The author of the report, GMIAU's policy officer William Wheeler, notes: "It is sometimes assumed that if people are destitute, it must somehow be their fault. What the stories in this report demonstrate is how constricted people's agency becomes within the structures of immigration law. The choices each of these people have had are very limited. That they were forced into destitution for falling foul of the complex and opaque structures of immigration law is a burning injustice."

As the report's title suggests, GMIAU and the Boaz Trust view destitution as a form of 'slow violence' that is built into the UK immigration system.

Read more: EIN - https://shorturl.at/O8h78

75th Anniversary of the ‘European Court of Human Rights’

The President of the European Court of Human Rights has made the following statement on the 75th anniversary of the Council of Europe: “75 years since the establishment of the Council of Europe in 1949, the founding States’ reaffirmation in the Statute of “their devotion to the spiritual and moral values which are the common heritage of their peoples and the true source of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law, principles which form the basis of all genuine democracy”1 remains as important today for 46 States as it was then for 10. The Statute requires Council of Europe members, then and now, to demonstrate respect for these values, on pain of expulsion in cases of serious violation.

One of the principal means for achieving greater unity and safeguarding the signatory States’ common heritage was and is the European Convention on Human Rights and its innovative mechanism for the collective enforcement of individual rights.
Since the signature of the Convention just one year later, the European Court of Human Rights has dealt with over one million applications and handed down over 27,000 judgments. Those judgments have contributed, whether directly or indirectly, in the improvement of the democratic and social fabric of our societies, making them more inclusive, tolerant and genuinely democratic.
On this important anniversary, let us reflect on the vital role which this organisation must continue to play in maintaining high standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law across the 46 member States. Let us not shy away from any necessary reforms.

And at this critical point in history, when States are confronted by conflict, democratic erosion and unprecedented challenges, let us also not lose sight of our profound responsibility to pass on to future generations both the Council’s values and the unique international protection mechanism which is the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Source: ECtHR, https://shorturl.at/Sme7e

IRR Calendar of Racism and Resistance ( 30 April – 14 May 2024)

Employment / Exploitation / Industrial Action
1 May: United Voices of the World announces a legal challenge on behalf of Spanish migrant workers against employer One Motion Logistics, which they accuse of luring them to work as Amazon delivery drivers in the UK over Christmas without prior arrangement of work visas and scamming them out of their wages. (United Voices of the World, 1 May 2024)
2 May: An inews investigation reports that Deliveroo is breaking its pledge to pay all its riders fees equivalent to at least the living wage. Competitor Uber Eats allegedly also underpays its workers, but it has made no similar pledges. (Inews, 2 May 2024)
11 May: A joint Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Observer investigation finds that over 3,000 workers, sponsored by companies whose licence to recruit from abroad is revoked, have their sponsorship cancelled and face deportation if they cannot find an alternative sponsor in 60 days, leaving many destitute and with huge debts. (Guardian, 11 May 2024)

Electoral Politics / Government Policy
As anti-migrant, anti-equalities, anti-abortion, misogynistic and anti-LGBTQI rhetoric in electoral campaigning are increasingly interlinked, we reflect this in the coverage below which also includes information on the influence of the Christian Right as well as the religious Right generally.

Anti-Fascism and the Far Right
With anti-migrant, anti-Muslim, anti-equalities, anti-abortion, misogynistic and anti-LGBTQI activities increasingly interlinking, we now incorporate information on the Christian Right as well as the religious Right generally.

Although we do not cover student protests for Palestine, we do track university administrative measures that deny the right to protest and authorise the use of force, or silence pro-Palestinian voices and display anti-Palestinian bias.

Policing / Prisons / Criminal Justice System
Asylum / Migration| Borders / Citizenship
Human Rights and Discrimination
Racial Violence and Harassment
Housing / Poverty / Welfare
Health and Social Care
Culture / Media / Sport

Read the Full Calendar, Institute of Race Relations (IRR), https://shorturl.at/48xYQ

Refused Asylum Seekers Also at Risk of Being Sent to Rwanda

Tens of thousands of people who have been refused asylum in the UK have been added to the group of people at risk of being forcibly removed to Rwanda, the Home Office has announced.

The UK and Rwandan governments have agreed a deal to extend the cohort of those eligible to be forcibly removed to the east African country to refused asylum seekers. Lawyers have condemned the development and said it would drive asylum seekers underground.

According to government data, in 2023 there were 24,310 refusals of asylum claims and 24,027 withdrawals. Both groups are now at risk of being forcibly relocated to Rwanda. It is unclear in the latest guidance what period of refused asylum claims the government is looking at for forcible removal to Rwanda.

Read more: Diane Taylor, Guardian, https://shorturl.at/bzIN6





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