UKIP added a clock to it’s website to count down the days until 1 January 2014 when controls expire on immigration from Romania and Bulgaria. Migration Watch later backed UKIP saying that there will be around 50,000 new arrivals every year once restrictions are lifted with “significant consequences” for housing, jobs, schools and hospitals.
2) Monday saw the history of human migration as we know it rewritten.
Ancient Indians may have arrived on Australian shores around 4000 years ago and mixed with Aborigines before Europeans colonised the continent. A genetic study by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthroplogy that assessed over 300 Aborigines, Indians and people from Paupua New Guinea and south-east Asia found a “significant gene flow” from India to Australia about 4230 years ago
3) Institute for Public Policy Research paper called to “actively engage the issue of migration and the reality of people’s views on it”. Published on Wednesday, 17 January, it highlighted the need for a fundamental change for migration policy.
The “Fair and democratic migration policy: A principled framework for the UK” included aims such as putting human rights at the heart of policy making, focusing on vulnerable groups and communities, accounting for patterns of migration and looking beyond the UK and seeking to increase the benefits for developing countries.
A spokesperson said: “We aim to provide some foundation for the new mainstream consensus on migration policy that is so sorely needed in the UK.”
4) On Saturday 19 January, Tony Blair’s former immigration minister criticised Ed Miliband for distancing himself from Labour’s record on migration by “thinking it’s trendy to echo the rhetoric of Migration Watch”. In an article for The Independent on Sunday, Barbara Roche, the co-founder of Migration Matters, stood up for Labour’s immigration record. She warned Miliband not to abandon “progressive migration policies” put forward by Labour in the last decade.
Some universities have come out in support for the middle eastern students, offering special scholarships while, at other universities, Syrian students unable to pay their fees have been expelled and face deportation.
This week 83 students were killed in an attack on the University of Aleppo during the busy exam period.