Tag Archives: UKBA

The UK Immigration Debate: more of the same, with a side order of ‘managed migration’

by Erica Consterdine Judging by the sheer scale of coverage in the press on immigration, and the constant barrage of ‘getting control of the borders’ from politicians on all sides of the house, you may consider that immigration is an issue which is finally facing serious and considered debate. But is this a ‘new’ debate? After […]

Fast-tracked injustice

Detain (verb) /dɪˈteɪn/~ To keep (someone) in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in politically sensitive situations Immigrant detention facilities in the UK are some of the largest in Europe. There are currently 10 “immigration removal centres” and 17 “short holding centres” housing between two and three thousand immigrants at any one time. In the vast […]

UK Immigration Clampdown Tears Families Apart

I thought I knew about immigration policy. I read about it, I wrote about it. I even studied it. I went to lectures, where people with multiple degrees presented complex economic models and talked at length about border security, and visas, and ‘managing migration’. But in late January, for the first time, I felt it. […]

2012 – A(nother) year of ups and downs at the UK Border Agency

It’s been a tumultuous year for UKBA to say the least. After the fiasco over suspended checks and fingerprinting of non-EU nationals in 2011, and the subsequent resignation of Brodie Clark, surely 2012 would be a better year for UKBA? But a year on, as 2012 draws to a close the UK Border Agency continues […]