Britain Should Take Its Fair Share Of Migrants, UN Representative Says

Peter Sutherland criticises UK for taking fewer refugees in Mediterranean migrant crisis than Germany and Sweden

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By Ben Riley-Smith, Political Correspondent
The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11673960/Britain-should-take-its-fair-share-of-migrants-UN-representative-says.html

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A crowded boat of immigrants during one of the rescue operations off the coast of Sicily in this picture Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Britain should take in its fair share of migrants stranded after crossing the Mediterranean, a United Nations representative on immigration has said in a critical intervention.

Peter Sutherland, UN special representative of the secretary-general for international migration, said the UK was taking far less refugees caught in the boat migration crisis than Germany or Sweden.

He warned against creating “xenophobia and racism” by failing to engage positively with the problem and said British politicians have not made the case for letting in migrants.

It comes after the Foreign Office announced last year the government was removing its support of search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean.

Since the crisis escalated Britain has sent HMS Bulwark, which has helped save the lives of thousands of migrants fleeing North Africa.

But the government plans to fight a new European Commission quota that would more than double the numbers of people accepted by the UK to over 60,000 a year.

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David Cameron has been under pressure over whether Britain is doing enough to help those caught in the Mediterranean migrant crisis

Speaking in an interview on BBC Radio Four, Mr Sutherland said those travelling across the Mediterranean should be granted asylum as they were escaping persecution at home.

“In the case of Eritreia or for that matter in the case of Syira perhaps nearly all of those who have left are people who are persecuted or facing persecution and therefore entitled to remain in the country of destination that they end up in in Europe,” Mr Sutherland said.

“At the moment there is a huge disparity in the numbers that different countries are taking. On any basis the Germans and the Swedes are taking far more per capita than the United Kingdom and a fair settlement of this issue on the basis of objective criteria – population, GDP, unemployment, whatever issues you think may be appropriate – seems to be a reasonable way of dealing with this.

He said there is a “greater degree of negativity” towards migration in Britain than elsewhere and put it down to the fact that “the case has never been properly explained”.

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Thousands of migrants have been risking their lives by crossing the Mediterranean in poor quality boats to escape political turmoil in North Africa

Mr Sutherland said in Britain 79 per cent of migrants are working, with a lower unemployment rate than the rest of society, and their contribution “sometimes seems to be ignored”.

“Migration is something which won’t go away, it is something that we have to constructively engage with and not something that we should fear or that should create xenophobia and racism as it does in many societies around the world,” he warned.

It comes Raquel Rolnik, the UN's special investigator on housing, drew a backlash from Conservative MPs after heavily criticising David Cameron’s so-called bedroom tax last year.

Her report on UK housing, published in February 2014, said people renting homes had “very few rights and little security” and called for better protections for tenants.

A few months later UN special rapporteur Rashida Manjoo made headlines by claiming the UK has a "boys' club sexist culture" and a “more visible presence of sexist portrayals of women and girls” than elsewhere.

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It comes after Italian police in riot gear reportedly dispersed around 200 migrants who were staging a sit-in at a border crossing with France after French police refused to let them enter the country.

The police are believed to have pushed the migrants back towards the town of Ventimiglia, 5km from the border, triggering some claims the authorities had acted too aggressively.

 
Source:

By Ben Riley-Smith, Political Correspondent
The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11673960/Britain-should-take-its-fair-share-of-migrants-UN-representative-says.html

 

Transnational Migration and Asia - New Book from Michael Baas

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Transnational Migration and Asia

As our increasingly globalized world alters the dynamics of migration, the ideas that migrants have about returning to their home countries have evolved as well. This diverse collection examines the changes and complexities of migration patterns in a range of Asian countries and cities, exploring how globalization and transnationalism shape and give meaning to the migrant experience. From Japanese-Brazilian transmigrants and Filipina students in Ireland to skilled migrants from India, the authors address migrants’ backgrounds, ambitions, and opportunities to offer intriguing insights and propose fascinating new questions about the lives of migrants in today’s world.


AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Michiel Baas
 
Michiel Baas is a research fellow with the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
 
 
GLOBAL ASIA
ISBN 978 90 8964 658 3
e-ISBN 978 90 4852 330 6
€79.00 / £64.00
208 pages, 1 b/w illustration
Hardback

Available to order on www.aup.nl or through your local bookstore.

 

Migration Policy Practice (Volume V, Number 1, February–March 2015)

mpp april2015The new issue of Migration Policy Practice focuses broadly on three main themes – public perceptions of migration, analysis of irregular migration and return trends, and measuring the impact of migration policies.

The first article, by IOM’s Deputy Director General Laura Thompson, focuses on how to address negative perceptions of migration. Laura Thomson’s article discusses the findings of recent research conducted by Gallup on behalf of IOM, which suggests that public attitudes to migration are more varied than is commonly realized. IOM’s Deputy Director General also outlines an action plan and a series of concrete measures that could be a taken to address anti-migrant sentiment and promote a more evidence-based discussion about migration.

Migration Policy Practice is a bimonthly journal published jointly by IOM and Eurasylum Ltd. It only contributes articles from, and is overseen by, senior officials in government, EU institutions and international organizations, as well as civil society worldwide, working in the field of migration policy.

2015 / 36 pages
ISSN 2223-5248 
English
Available for PDF download

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
IOM Publications e-alert (April 2015)
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May 8, 2015
 

Discrimination and Poor Job Prospects Hit Children of Immigrants

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
http://www.oecd.org/migration/discrimination-and-poor-job-prospects-hit-children-of-immigrants.htm#.VZjH86cVzng.email

The children of immigrants continue to face major difficulties integrating in OECD countries, especially in the European Union, where their poor educational outcomes leave many struggling to find work, according to a new OECD/EU report.

Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2015: Settling In finds that youth with immigrant parents experience nearly 50% more unemployment in the European Union than those with native-born parents.

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Even if their labour market outcomes are generally better than those of their foreign-born parents, discrimination is felt more keenly among native-born children of immigrants than among persons who have themselves immigrated. This is true in EU countries, where one in five feels discriminated against, something not observed in non-European OECD countries.Overall, educational outcomes are improving for many immigrant children and for those with immigrant parents but major gaps remain, notably for children with low-educated parents. In the European Union, the share of immigrant students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who perform at the highest levels in the OECD’s PISA literacy tests is only half that of native-born students.
 
“Where your parents were born still has a major impact on your life chances,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “Countries are not making enough progress helping immigrants and their children integrate. This is a wake-up call on the need to strengthen integration policies to get the most out of migration, for our economies and societies and for the migrants themselves.”
 
The OECD/EU report presents the first detailed international comparison of the outcomes of immigrants and their children in all European Union and OECD countries. The indicators cover key dimensions of integration, including employment, education, income, housing, health, civic engagement and social cohesion. A special focus is on young people with a migration background.
 
In both the EU and the OECD, the immigrant population has grown by more than 30% since 2000. One in ten people living in the EU and OECD areas in 2012 was born abroad and one in four young people (15-34) is either foreign-born or the child of an immigrant.
 
The report finds that low-educated immigrants have higher employment rates than their native-born peers but often are stuck in low-paid jobs with poor working conditions. Employed immigrants are twice as likely as their native-born peers to live in a household whose income is below the country’s relative poverty threshold. Partly as a result of their lower income, immigrants are also more than twice as likely to live in overcrowded accommodation as their native-born peers (19% versus 8%) across the OECD.
 
More and more immigrants are high skilled – a promising development for future integration outcomes, the report notes. However, one in three immigrants of working age in the OECD and one in four in the EU now holds a tertiary education degree, with most obtaining their highest degree abroad. In contrast to the low educated, tertiary-educated immigrants have lower employment rates than their native-born peers in virtually all countries. When employed, they are overqualified more often than their native peers. This holds especially for those with foreign qualifications, who account for the majority of highly-educated immigrants.
 
Across the EU, 42% of highly-educated employed immigrants with foreign degrees have jobs that would require lower levels of education, twice the number of those who hold a qualification from the host country. Despite this, highly-educated immigrants still perform better in the labour market than low-educated immigrants.
 
The full report and individual country notes for France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are available at: http://www.oecd.org/migration/integrationindicators
 
An embeddable version of the report is available, together with information about downloadable and print versions of the report.
 
For more information or a copy of the report, journalists should contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (tel. + 33 1 45 24 97 00).
 
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
 
http://www.oecd.org/migration/discrimination-and-poor-job-prospects-hit-children-of-immigrants.htm#.VZjH86cVzng.email

 

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