MPs launch inquiry into new family migration rules

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration has launched an inquiry into the impacts of the new family migration rules.

The inquiry launched on 20th November 2012, will specifically look at the new requirement that people wishing to sponsor spouses and partners from outside the (EEA) show minimum earnings of £18,600 per year.

The government estimates that thousands of families where one person is a British citizen or settled here will be prevented from being reunited in the UK every year as a result.

The inquiry is led by a cross-party Committee of MPs and peers, coordinated by the APPG on Migration, and chaired by shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP.

Ms. Green said: “It’s important for the government to manage family migration fairly. The inquiry’s aim is to review current policy on family reunification by understanding the real-life impact that the recent changes have had on individuals across the country. We will consider how far the changes could hamper policies that promote family life in the UK, which is an essential element of strong and integrated communities. The cross-party group will, in particular, look into the impact the new immigration rules have had on spouses and children since July 2012.”

The inquiry will collect written evidence during an 11 week period. Submissions are welcomed from charities, analysts, lawyers, employers, trades unions and other sources of relevant evidence.

Individuals who have direct experience of the new family migration rules, as well as support organisations and advisers, are particularly invited to share their views.

Written submissions can be made to the inquiry in two ways: an online questionnaire on the website of the APPG on Migration (http://www.appgmigration.org.uk/) and a written submission as a Word document.

If you want to make a written submission using your own format, please do so by emailing your submission to info@appgmigration.org.uk.

The deadline for receiving all written evidence, including online questionnaires, is 31st January 2013.

Please note that all evidence should be submitted via the APPG Migration website (http://www.appgmigration.org.uk/) or sent to info@appgmigration.org.uk, and not sent directly to the Committee members.

The Committee will also hear from key stakeholders and individuals during two evidence sessions in the House of Commons on 11th February and 4th March 2013. Oral evidence givers will be selected by the inquiry committee.

Based on the parliamentary hearings and submitted evidence, an inquiry report will be published in April 2013.

Migrants Rights Network provides the secretariat to the APPG on Migration. If you have questions about how to submit evidence to the inquiry, please contact Awale Olad, APPG Secretary (a.olad@migrantsrights.org.uk /020 7920 6426).