The UK’s refugee family reunion rules: a comprehensive framework?

The UK’s Immigration Rules allow for refugees to be joined in the UK by immediate family members in certain circumstances. Provisions in EU law (the Dublin III Regulation) can also be used to reunite families separated across the EU/UK. The Regulations will cease to apply in the UK after the Brexit ‘transition period’. This has given extra impetus to pre-existing calls to widen the scope of the UK’s rules.…

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Protecting consumers from unfair high-cost credit

High-cost credit covers a range of financial products including bank overdrafts, loans, buy-now-pay-later and rent-to-own. Each product has its own benefits to consumers, but they also carry a risk of consumer harm, especially for vulnerable customers. This harm may include high repayment costs and a greater risk of problem debt. The regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has been taking action to reduce this harm and it has ongoing monitoring work in this area.

This briefing describes the action that has been taken over recent years to stop unfair high-cost credit practices and gives information on the support available to those who find themselves in problem debt.…

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Brexit Glossary

This Commons Library research briefing contains a list of commonly-used terms and acronyms that have needed clarification since the United Kingdom voted in the June 2016 EU referendum.…

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The Common Travel Area and the special status of Irish nationals in UK law

The Common Travel Area is a special travel zone between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It dates back to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. This briefing focuses on how the CTA operates between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.…

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UK Youth Parliament 2018

Background  On 9 November the House of Commons chamber will host the nineteenth annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament. …

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E-petition 216539 relating to people who entered the UK as minors between 1948 and 1971

A Westminster Hall debate on E-petition 216539 relating to people who entered the UK as minors between 1948 and 1971 is scheduled for Monday 30 April 2018 at 4.30pm. The debate is scheduled by the Petitions Committee and will be opened by Steve Double MP, a member of the Petitions Committee. …

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Effect of Government’s migration policy on the economy: Commons Debate Pack

This pack has been produced ahead of the debate on the Effect of the Government’s Migration Policy on the Economy, to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 29 November 2017 at 9.30am, and led by Rt Hon Mark Harper MP.
This briefing provides detail on trends in migration and their economic impacts, current migration policy, and migration policy after Brexit.…

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The financial (minimum income) requirement for partner visas

Controversial maintenance funds requirements were introduced for spouse/ partner visas (affecting non-EEA national partners of British citizens, refugees and people settled in the UK) in July 2012. The Supreme Court has upheld the requirements as lawful in principle, but did require the Government to make some changes to how they are applied in practice. These changes came into effect in August 2017.…

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Brexit: the October negotiations

What happened in round five of the Brexit negotiations – the last scheduled round in phase one? Did the EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, and the other 27 EU Member State leaders think “sufficient progress” had been made in the priority areas to move on to a discussion of the UK’s future relations with the EU? And what about a transition period or the possibility of a ‘no deal’ scenario? Has the Government planned for this? This note looks at what happened in the October round and other Brexit issues.…

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Brexit: the September negotiations

What happened at the fourth round of Brexit negotiations from 25 to 28 September 2017? And what did Theresa May say that was so important in her speech in Florence on 22 September? Have discussions progressed sufficiently to move on to a negotiation of the UK’s future trade and other relations with the EU? The EU thinks not; the UK is impatient to move on. This is what happened ……

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