The Immigration Act 2016 and the English language requirements for public sector workers [Paper Three]

Author: Dr Leander Neckles

Briefing series: Immigration Act

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: June 2016

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During 2015 and 2016, we reported on the new Immigration Bill 2015/16 first published on 17/9/15. We also reported on the separate, but associated, proposals for extending charging for NHS services for certain groups of migrants and overseas visitors. We said that the proposals, if implemented, were likely to encourage the hostilityracism, discrimination,  exploitation and serious human rights breaches too often faced by refugees, asylum seekers and the UK’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. Equally important, we also argued that the proposals would do nothing to reduce or address the ongoing and increasing humanitarian refugee and migrant crisis. We have produced a series of briefings on the Immigration Act 2016 and our concerns.

This third briefing focuses on the English language provisions for public sector workers and the associated draft code of practice. As we are still awaiting the final code of practice, these provisions are not yet in force.