The Implementation of the Immigration Acts 2016 and 2014 [Paper Two]

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 second briefing is fundamentally a technical guide to the sections of the 2016 Act. It identifies the provisions in the Immigration Act 2016, which sections and schedules have already been brought into force as at 21 June 2016, and which will be brought into force by the end of July 2016. As some parts of the Immigration Act 2014 or associated codes have also been brought into force or amended during 2016, key developments re the 2014 Act are also referenced.