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In case you missed it: the week in immigration news


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Free Movement’s pick of the past week’s media reporting on immigration and asylum.

Some positive asylum stories in recent days: the value of outsourced asylum accommodation contracts is to double, according to the Guardian. There is an apparently similar attempt to right past wrongs at Brook House immigration removal centre, where operator G4S has ordered an independent review into allegations of abuse by staff (BBC News).

The week also saw a mini flurry of good news stories on asylum seeker integration. Women in London are being trained to make sourdough bread (Evening Standard) and work in floristry (the i).

Altogether less happily, the Guardian reports on the claim of an Iranian asylum seeker that he was forced to meet a representative of the regime to discuss voluntary return. Our editor is quoted on the illegality of that act.

More on the process for settled status for EU-27 citizens after Brexit: the immigration minister has said that it “should take no more than a couple of weeks” (Guardian).

But future EU arrivals may not be treated so liberally. A pressure group’s “blueprint to end low-skilled migration” (Metro) has received enthusiastic backing by Tory right-wingers. The Sun lauds the plan for a work permit system as a “migrant job curb”.

Other conservative outlets focus on the scale of non-EU immigration. “Britain handed out residence permits to non-EU migrants at the rate of one every 36 seconds last year”, according to the Mail.

Anti-foreigner sentiment is not likely to affect some categories of arrival. High-spending tourists – one assumes – will still be encouraged to come to the UK, with the Financial Times (£) reporting that Chinese tourists now spend more in Harrods than Brits. Scientists and researchers will also be encouraged (Times Higher Education).

And the price of trade deals with big economies like India will also be more liberal rules on immigration, as Business Insider reports under the provocative headline “Racists are in for a big surprise when they see what happens to immigration after Brexit”.

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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.