The Home Office must drop ‘hostile environment’ approach for Brexit

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Publication Date 13/04/2018
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In the context of the political storm in the UK during April 2018 concerning the Undocumented Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK (known as 'Windrush' cases), and the publication of reports from the Law Society, the Migration Observatory and the Eurochildren Project), there was a worry about the issue of securing 'settled status' for the 3 mllion EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit.

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Millions of EU nationals living in Britain would need to apply for ‘settled status’ after Brexit. With tight timelines and groups needing help with their application, Joe Owen argued that Home Office belligerence must end.

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The UK in a Changing Europe: Blog, 04.06.18: The imperial nostalgia of a ‘Small Island’
The 3 Million: The Hostile Environment
Politico, 11.05.18: UN: Migrants face ‘hostile environment’ in post-Brexit Britain
Business Insider, 19.05.18: EU citizens at risk from May's 'hostile environment' after Brexit, warns former UK civil service chief
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
The Conversation, 18.04.18: Windrush generation is not alone – children of EU-born citizens could be next
University of Birmingham: Institue for Researcn into Superdiversity: Project: Eurochildren: EU families & Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain
ESO: Find more information on Citizen's rights after Brexit
The Migration Observatory: Report, April 2018: Unsettled Status? Which EU Citizens are at Risk of Failing to Secure their Rights after Brexit? (et al)
The Law Society: Press Release, 12.04.18: Failures in UK immigration and asylum undermine the rule of law
LSE Brexit: Blog, 25.06.18: International Health Service: how the NHS has always relied on overseas labour
The UK in a Changing Europe: Blog, 16.05.18: The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid needs to press reset on immigration policy – here’s how
In Facts, 19.04.18: We mustn’t repeat Windrush scandal with EU citizens
The Conversation: Tag: Windrush
BBC News: Tag: Windrush deportation row
The Guardian: Tag: Commonwealth immigration

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