Immigration

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on immigration. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
07.01.2016Polygamy
This note deals with the recognition of polygamous marriages; immigration issues; social security benefits and pension entitlement.
29.12.2015Calls to change overseas domestic worker visa conditions
An independent review of the conditions attached to domestic worker visas, published in December 2015, has recommended that the right to change employer and apply for further leave to remain (but not permanent settlement) be reinstated for all migrant domestic workers in the UK. The Government has not yet published a detailed formal response to the report.
15.12.2015Asylum Statistics
Statistics and analysis of asylum trends in the UK and other EU countries.
11.12.2015The EU's response to the migration crisis: recent developments
This note provides a brief update on recent developments in the EU's response to the migration crisis, including the EU's military operation against people smuggling in the Mediterranean. Documents related to the EU's response to the migration crisis are due to be debated in the House on 14 December.
08.12.2015'Visa bans': Powers to refuse or revoke immigration permission for reasons of character, conduct or associations
The Home Secretary and immigration officials are able to refuse permission to enter the UK, or revoke permission already granted, for reasons related to an individual's character, conduct or associations. It is also possible for the Home Secretary to exclude a person even if they have not indicated an intention to travel to the UK.
03.12.2015Migration Statistics
A guide to understanding UK migration statistics, explaining the concepts and methods used in measuring migration and setting out a range of data on migration in the UK and in European Union countries.
26.11.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Committee Stage Report
The Immigration Bill is due to have Report and Third Reading in the Commons on 1 December. This briefing summarises the main changes made to the Bill in Public Bill Committee and some of the new clauses proposed for consideration at Report stage.
19.11.2015International migration: Social Indicators page
International migration: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on international migration to and from the UK.
16.11.2015Social Indicators 2015
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
13.11.2015Asylum seekers: Social Indicators page
Asylum Seekers: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the number and origin of asylum seekers migrating to the UK.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
08.01.2016Identity Cards in the UK
This Lords Library briefing provides background information ahead of the debate in the House of Lords scheduled for 14 January 2016 on the "potential use of identity documentation in dealing with the challenges of assuring the identity of individuals". It does this through a short chronology of the history of ID cards in the UK over the last century. It then provides more information about two key pieces of legislation: the Identity Cards Act 2006 and the Identity Documentation Act 2010.
16.12.2015Immigration Bill 2015-16: Briefing for Lords Stages
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Immigration Bill.
17.11.2014The Azure Card
This Library Note provides background reading for Members in advance of the debate to be held on 20 November 2014: 'that this House takes note of the Azure card'.
13.11.2014Modern Slavery Bill (HL Bill 51 of 2014-15)
This Library Note provides information on the Modern Slavery Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 17 November 2014.
06.02.2014Immigration Bill (HL Bill 84 of 2013-14)
This Library Note provides information on the Immigration Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 10 February 2014.
23.01.2012Question for Short Debate on 2 February: Human Trafficking
This Lords Library Note provides definitions of human trafficking, statistics on its incidence, and an outline of domestic and international policy to combat the problem.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
30.09.2015Forensic Language Analysis
This note examines forensic language analysis, the scientific validity of procedures and their applications, and explores the issues surrounding their use.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
20.12.2011The work of the UK Border Agency (April-July 2011).
Government response. Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
20.10.2011Government response to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee fifth report:
Government response. Scottish Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
19.07.2011Student immigration system in Scotland.
Scottish Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
10.05.2011The work of the UK Border Agency.
Government response. Home Affairs Select Committee; Home Office report [Commons]
08.03.2011Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) Order 2010.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
15.11.2011RESOURCING OF UK BORDER AGENCY
That this House believes that the UK Border Agency is suffering from a damaging cuts programme resulting in chronic under-resourcing; notes with concern staff reports that the Agency ...
11.07.2011UK BORDER AGENCY AND THE DATA PROTECTION ACT 1998
That this House notes that the Order that amended the Data Protection Act 1998 which came into force on 17 December 2002 removed the Act's restrictions on the disclosures of sensitive ...
11.07.2011UK BORDER AGENCY INTERNATIONAL GROUP
That this House regrets that although the Government advocates transparency, officials in the UK Border Agency International Group are refusing to place in the Library telephone/fax ...
06.07.2011IMMIGRATION AT STANSTED AIRPORT
That this House notes that immigration and special branch officers are deeply concerned about potential abuse of the Common Travel Area Channel at Stansted Airport, where travellers ...
04.07.2011TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR EU MIGRANT WORKERS
That this House notes recent figures showing that nearly 90 per cent. of the 400,000 jobs created since May 2010 have been taken by foreign workers; further notes that the transitional ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses