Didn’t Sajid Javid promise to “do right by the Windrush generation”, on his first day as Home Secretary? (Yes, he did.) What happened? Yet now we see 75 Paul Nichols, who served i…
There are three main takes on Sajid Javid’s recent decision to revoke Shamima Begum’s British citizenship. The first is tabloid. (Good on yer, Saj!) The second is broadsheet. (Frightful! Uncivilised!) The third is merely cynical. The Home Secretary, this view has it, wins either way. If the courts uphold his decision, he gets the credit. And if they don’t, those limp-wristed, bleeding-heart, liberal elite judges get the blame. Either way, he wins – and up go his ratings in the ConservativeHome Cabinet League Table.
We are as world-weary as the next media outlet. So we suspect that the impact of this decision on his future leadership prospects will have floated across Javid’s mind. But one soon grasps, on trying to think it all through, that there is much more to his decision than that.
Let’s start by focusing on Begum herself – this exploited, warped, unrepentant, atypical and seemingly not-very-bright teenager who is evidently as much of a stranger to British norms as she is to the traditional, classical Islam. She fled Britain when she was 15, married a Dutch jihadi, and reportedly now has a baby, two of her children already being dead.
Forced into prostitution. Forced into work to pay off a debt. Forced into marriage. These are some of the horrific scenarios faced by the estimated 45 million victims of modern slavery around the world today — and the UK is no exception, with 5,145 potential victims of modern slavery recorded here in 2017.
Even after escaping slavery, survivors still face many barriers to getting their lives back on track. They need long-term assistance, but right now, survivors in England and Wales are only guaranteed 45 days of government support — leaving victims at risk of falling into poverty, becoming homeless, and vulnerable to being re-trafficked.
Since April, Global Citizens have called on their MPs to help change the law, by voting for the ‘Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill’ which proposes to give survivors a guaranteed 12 months of protection. But as it stands, there’s almost no chance that this issue will be debated by MPs.
Source: Ramp Up the Pressure: Call on the UK Government to Prioritise Support to Modern Slavery Survivors : Global Citizen
As many as 164 members of the Windrush generation may have been wrongly removed, detained or stopped at the border, an official review suggests.
The number includes 18 long-term UK residents who will receive a formal apology from the Home Secretary after officials uncovered evidence suggesting they suffered “detriment” – wrongfully detained or deported – because their right to be in the country was not recognised.
A trawl of nearly 12,000 historical records provides the most comprehensive indication of the impact of the scandal since it erupted earlier this year.
Home Office accused of cover-up
The Home Office has been accused of trying to cover up the scale of the Windrush scandal by avoiding public scrutiny after an official review revealed 18 UK residents were wrongfully detained or deported.
In April, the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd told MPs that “no one was wrongly deported” during the Windrush scandal.
Labour MP David Lammy, who has been campaigning on behalf of those affected by the scandal, warned the cases were just a “drop in the ocean”.
Charities have previously warned that the Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas.
But Mr Javid insisted: “We will be doing more to combat it and support victims. Those who force British women into marriage, be warned that we are redoubling our efforts to make sure you pay for your crimes.”
Britain’s increasingly brutal regime of “migration control” has come to a head. After almost two years as home secretary, Amber Rudd resigned on April 29, apologising for misleading parliament of deportation targets, amid public revulsion at the treatment of British people who had come from the Caribbean half a century ago. The prime minister, who introduced many of those policies, remains in post.
In distancing himself from Rudd, her replacement Sajid Javid expressed an intention to focus on making Britain’s immigration system not “hostile” but “compliant”. To make it more humane too, here are six things he should think about.
1. Don’t use migration control as an excuse
When migration control stops being about crossing external territorial borders and turns instead to who gets access to particular services, people can be displaced without moving. And that’s dangerous. It resulted in unknown numbers of the “Windrush generation”, who were living normal lives for decades, suddenly being threatened with exclusion from British society unless they could prove otherwise. The label “migration control” must not be used to justify activities that are not about controlling migration.
Source: Six ways Sajid Javid can make British migration policy more humane : The Conversation