Meetings in Parliament
The APPG on Migration held fringe meetings at the Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrats Party Conferences in September and October 2014. High profile speakers included Yvette Cooper MP (Shadow Home Secretary) and Dr Liam Fox MP.
On 9 July 2012 the Government reformed the family migration rules, particularly affecting UK residents wishing to sponsor a non-EU partner or elderly dependent relative to join them here.
This meeting brought together key political and expert panellists to discuss public opinion about migration in the UK.
This meeting facilitated a discussion between key politicians, experts, and business figures from across the UK on how immigration policy, labour market regulation and workplace enforcement can contribute to the creation of a level playing field for all jobseekers and workers.
On 10 October 2013, the Government laid a new Immigration Bill before the House of Commons. Introducing the Bill, immigration minister Mark Harper said “The Immigration Bill will stop migrants abusing public services to which they are not entitled, reduce the pull factors which draw illegal immigrants to the UK and make it easier to remove people who should not be here”.
This meeting brought together parliamentarians, healthcare professionals and analysts to review the economic and social implications of the Government’s proposals, and to debate their potential inclusion in a new Immigration Bill.
The report into the family migration rules was launched at a meeting in House of Commons on 10 June 2013.
This meeting reviewed the latest analysis of potential migration patterns from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK from 2014, debating the anticipated impacts of these changes.
The APPG on Migration's First Oral Evidence Session taken before the APPG's Family Migration Committee on 11 February 2013.
APPG on Migration discussed immigration to the UK over the past decade has had diverse and substantial effects on communities and economies across the UK. However, debate about the regional effects of migration is often undermined by the lack of clear information indicating the benefits and costs of migration for the UK's countries and regions.
Joint APPG on Migration meeting with Universities UK exploring the conditions for international students coming to take part in the UK's further and higher education sectors. Is the current framework for offering and delivering a worthwhile deal to international students fit for purpose?
A joint APPG meeting with The Work Foundation & Barrow Cadbury at the Conservative party conference entitled "Is the UK attracting the global talent we need to boost growth?"
Joint APPG meeting with The Work Foundation, Universities UK & Barrow Cadbury at the Labour party conference which addressed the wider debate about the UK labour market and immigration.
Joint APPG on migration meeting with APPG on Race & Community and APG for Parents & Families focusing on the potential impacts of new government proposals to reform family migration to the UK, looking at the extent to which migration policy can play a role in supporting family life.
A roundtable focusing on the impacts of UK immigration policies on Commonwealth trade and investment and how these policies can best support businesses in the UK.
A meeting on the role of legal aid in immigration cases, and the potential impact that the removal of legal aid could have on MP surgeries and the number of foreign nationals with irregular status.
A roundtable on the link between economic growth and migration policy focusing on the impact of immigration on the UK economy, its potential role in aiding recovery, and a policy balance which can support growth over the coming year and beyond.
Jointly organised conference between the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, Chatham House and MRN explored the key policy dilemmas raised by international migration for leaders of liberal democracies.
A parliamentary roundtable on the challenges of meeting growing demand in the social care sector and the growing evidence that migrant care workers will continue to play an important role in the sector’s sustainable future.
A private meeting facilitated by the APPG on Migration and Dr Rob Ford from the University of Manchester on the public perception of immigration and lessons from recent research and opinion polling on issues related to immigration.
A meeting exploring international labour mobility and its role in maintaining the UK's reputation as a globally attractive environment for investment with views from the business sector asserting the need for immigration reforms which are aligned with the requirements of industry and developing a business plan for economic growth.
A meeting reviewing immigration policy under the Coalition Government between May 2010 and April 2011, including the cap on economic immigration, reform of the international student route, and further planned changes to the immigration system.
The meeting considered the potential economic implications of the Coalition Government’s proposed reforms to the student immigration route in the UK with the available evidence suggesting that a reduction in international students could have negative economic impacts.