News story: An inspection of the Home Office’s approach to Illegal Working

first_img The ability of migrants who are not legally entitled to work in the UK to find paid employment is seen by the Home Office as key to why many migrants remain in the UK without leave or work here in breach of the terms of their leave. Equally, the belief that they will be able to find work is seen as a significant “pull factor” for migrants seeking to reach the UK. Illegal working also raises other issues, for example migrants working illegally in the UK are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by unscrupulous employers, and businesses employing illegal workers can undercut and damage legitimate businesses, deprive HM Government of revenue in the form of taxes and national insurance payments, and adversely affect the employment prospects of others. For these reasons, tackling illegal working has been a Home Office priority for some years. Because of its hidden nature, estimating the size of the problem with any confidence has been difficult. However, since at least 2015, when I last inspected this topic, the Home Office has understood it to be “greater than our capacity to enforce it through traditional arrest activity”. My 2015 report noted a then relatively new shift in emphasis towards encouraging employer compliance through ‘educational visits’ by Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE) teams, rather than continuing to rely primarily on enforcement visits to locate and arrest offenders. In this latest inspection, I therefore looked to see how this approach had developed, as well as at the measures introduced since 2015 under the umbrella of the ‘compliant environment’ to strengthen the powers of ICE teams and the penalties for non-compliant employers. I found that efforts had been made to develop strategies and encourage partnerships and collaborations with other government departments and with large employers and employer groups in particular sectors, but there were no metrics to show what this had achieved. Meanwhile, ‘on the ground’ there was little evidence that the shift of emphasis trailed in 2015 had ‘stuck’, and ICE teams were doing (for the most part professionally and properly from what inspectors observed) what they had always done – deploying in response to ‘allegations’ received from members of the public, in the majority of cases to restaurants and fast food outlets, and with a focus on a handful of ‘removable’ nationalities. The lessons from the Windrush scandal are the subject of an independent review, due to report shortly, and there is a compensation scheme for those affected. Therefore, I did not look specifically at how Windrush generation individuals had been impacted by Immigration Enforcement’s illegal working measures. However, it was evident that Windrush had had a significant effect on Immigration Enforcement, operationally (as a result of the ‘pausing’ of data sharing with other departments) and psychologically (with IE perceiving that other departments and agencies, employers and the general public were now less supportive, and that having dispensed with removals targets it was no longer clear, at least to ICE teams, what success looked like). My report, which was sent to the Home Secretary on 6 February 2019, made six recommendations. The majority focus on improving the mechanics of illegal working compliance and enforcement but, while important and necessary, these are not enough by themselves to answer the criticism that the Home Office’s efforts are not really working and may have had the unintended consequence of enabling exploitation and discrimination by some employers. My first two recommendations are pivotal to changing this. I recommended that the Home Office should publish as soon as possible an updated (post-Windrush) strategy and Action Plan for tackling illegal working, supported by clear external and internal communications to ensure maximum buy-in cross-government, by employers and representative organisations, by the general public, and within the Home Office itself. I also recommended that it should capture, analyse and report the quantitative and qualitative data and information that demonstrates the strategy and actions are not just effective in reducing illegal working and tackling non-compliant employers but that they are sensitive to and deal appropriately with instances of exploitation and abuse. The Home Office has accepted all six recommendations. However, it seems that implementation of the key recommendations remains some way off and, while it is entirely sensible for it to look to the various reviews of the immigration system, including of Windrush Lessons Learned, to inform the updated illegal working strategy, in the meantime the problems identified in my report persist, with little clarity about the Home Office’s thinking or intentions. The Home Office responses to the Chief Inspector’s reports Publishing the report, David Bolt said: An inspection of the Home Office’s approach to Illegal Working David Bolt Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigrationlast_img read more

Duel at a distance

first_imgNole, who has to beat the rooms within the emirate to retain the throne, met within the second spherical with Kohlschreiber after placidly surpassing Malek Jaziri’s debut yesterday (36 years, 260 of the ATP) for 6-1 and 6-2. The Tunisian entered the invitation match by and left a humorous second within the draw when his match with Djokovic was revealed: he broke out laughing at his dangerous luck. With the latter, there are already 14 consecutive victories up to now this season for Novak, after six within the ATP Cup and 7 in Australia.The premise that Nadal should fulfill if the Balkan fails is extra difficult, Effectively, it’s only value elevating his third title on the shores of the Pacific to entry the highest once more. The Balearic may have as a first stumbling block in that firm a compatriot, Pablo Andújar, 34 springs and the 54th on the planet rating. Federer, too distant in that desk and just lately operated on his proper knee (so he won’t go to Roland Garros this yr), doesn’t enter the struggle proper now.Since I fell in Australian quarters to Thiem, Nadal has performed a huge exhibition with the Swiss in South Africa and has ready at the Academy of Manacor. If he surpasses Andújar, he would possibly run into bones just like the Australian De Miñaur or the Swiss Wawrinka. Zverev and Kyrgios, his executioner final yr on this date, will keep away from even a hypothetical ultimate. “I come as a result of I like being right here. I really like the match and the group. I really feel at dwelling. It’s an necessary week for me. Let’s see how I really feel. I hope to be ready,” he mentioned earlier than the premiere. Since Andy Murray left him in August 2017, the primary is a non-public protect. Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the one ones licensed to entry it. Three completely different gamers and bitter opponents on the observe, but additionally associated exterior it, as Djokovic’s latest confession as soon as once more demonstrates. The Serbian states that they share a WhatsApp group. And when one feedback one thing, the opposite two reply. It’s laborious to think about one thing like this occurring, say, between Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé.However that of the ‘Huge Three’ is a particular rivalry, amongst different issues for lengthy and mutual respect. At 33, Nadal and 32 Djokovic, each proceed to struggle for world primary, in a tug of battle that has its nth chapter this week. They do it greater than 14,000 kilometers away. Those that separate Dubai, the place the Serbian competes, and Acapulco (Mexico), the place it’s going to accomplish that from early Tuesday to Wednesday (not earlier than 03:30, Movistar Sports activities) Rafa. Each tournaments are of the ATP 500 class.last_img read more