In recent months the largely cordial relationship between the UK and China has deteriorated sharply. This has happened after over two decades when, regardless of the political complexion of successive UK governments, the trend was towards closer engagement and cooperation. This briefing looks at why and how this has happened.
The debate will cover a wide range of topics related to the UK’s immigration and asylum system, including the ‘hostile environment’, criticisms of the immigration and asylum system, free movement, and the impact of immigration policies throughout the UK.
The following Library briefing papers and debate packs from the past 3 years may assist to provide background:
‘EU settlement scheme’ (6 June 2019)
‘Visas for non-EEA citizens working in the UK fishing industry’ (5 April 2019)
‘Immigration and social security co-ordination (EU withdrawal) Bill 2017-19’ (25 January 2019)
‘Immigration health surcharge: common casework questions’ (22 January 2019)
‘Asylum accommodation contracts’ (8 October 2018)
‘Immigration detention in the UK: an overview’ (12 September 2018)
‘TOEIC visa cancellations’ (29 August 2018)
‘Fees for registering children as British citizens’ (17 August 2018)
‘Homelessness among refugees’ (16 July 2018)
‘The UK’s points-based system for immigration’ (9 July 2018)
‘Windrush generation’ (1 May 2018)
‘The UK’s refugee family reunion rules: striking the right balance?’ (6 March 2018)
‘The financial (minimum income) requirement for partner visas’ (7 November 2017)
‘The UK response to the Syrian refugee crisis’ (14 June 2017)
Migration statistics (3 June 2019)
Asylum statistics (6 March 2019)
An analysis of asylum statistics and trends in the UK and EU countries. Statistics on asylum seekers and refugees in the UK are published by the Home Office, while statistics on asylum in EU28 countries are published by Eurostat. These statistics contain data on the number of people applying for asylum, the outcomes of asylum applications, and the number of people being resettled to the UK. This edition contains a new section on asylum applications and Channel crossings in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Government has created a new visa for people from Hong Kong with British National (Overseas) status. The five year visa will enable BN(O)s and their dependent family members to live, work and study in the UK, and give them a route to permanent settlement and British citizenship. It will launch in January 2021.