"We're going to give illegal migrants a really hostile reception" Theresa May, then Home Secretary, first stated in a Daily Telegraph interview (Kirkup and Winnett, 2012).
She then went on to develop this into a term which has became synonymous with draconian severity towards those within the immigration system:
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI, 2020) has a page and links on information resources covering the Hostile Environment.
The term 'Compliant Environment' was introduced in an attempt to soften the language, without substantially altering the policies and the involvement of 'ordinary people' in immigration control (Wemyss, 2018)
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (2020) Ending the Hostile Environment. Available at: https://www.jcwi.org.uk/Pages/Category/ending-the-hostile-environment (Accessed 25 June 2020)
Kirkup, J. and Winnet, R., 2012) 'Theresa May Interview', The Daily Telegraph, 26 May, p.4
Liberty (2020) The Hostile Environment. Available at: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/fundamental/hostile-environment/ (Accessed 25 June 2020)
Liberty (2019) Report: a guide to the Hostile Environment. Available at: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/issue/report-a-guide-to-the-hostile-environment/ (Accessed 25 June 2020)
Wemyss, G. (2018) ''Compliant environment': turning ordinary people into border guards should concern everyone in the UK', The Conversation, 20 Nov, Available at: https://theconversation.com/compliant-environment-turning-ordinary-people-into-border-guards-should-concern-everyone-in-the-uk-107066 (Accessed 25 June 2020)
Immigration Act 2014 stated aims were to:
The 2016 Act's stated aims were to:
In 2020 the Immigration, Nationality and Asylum (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 are being passed through Parliament. These specifically end Freedom of Movement (reciprocal rights across EU countries for UK citizens whilst they were EU members, and for EU27 citizens coming to the UK). It introduces - or rather, further extends - a 'points-based system' with points requirements and a minimum income level for applicants. Zoe Gardner (2020) wrote a report on this points-based system for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
Gardner, Z. (2020) Parliamentary Briefing: Points-based System. London: Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
INTO (2018) Job Description Immigration and Compliance Officer. Available at: https://www.intoglobal.com/media/398195/immigration-and-compliance-officer-jd-april-2018-new-.pdf (Accessed 25 June 2020)
Lea, S. (2016) The Immigration Act 2016 in plain English. Available at: https://eachother.org.uk/immigration-act-2016-plain-english/ (Accessed 25 June 2020)
United Kingdom (2014) Immigration Act 2014. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-bill (Accessed 7 June 2019)
United Kingdom (2016) Immigration Act 2016. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immigration-bill-2015-16 (Accessed 7 June 2019)
United Kingdom (2019) Immigration, Nationality and Asylum (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. Available at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2019/9780111180617/contents (Accessed 7 June 2019).
Allegations of pressure on housing and health services, and lowering of wages, have been used as an argument against immigration. Not so often discussed are the steeply rising costs of immigration for the immigrants themselves.
For those seeking to naturalize, seek temporary or indefinite leave to remain, extend limited leave to remain, or stay in the country for a short period, the costs have risen dramatically in recent years, despite a current freeze (Free Movement, 2020). The Immigration Health Surcharge is being increased to £624, with planned exemptions for NHS and related care workers (Home Office, United Kingdom, 2020).
NB: costs and policies can change, so please check latest updates on the relevant web pages.
See elsewhere on this page for links to key legislation.
Free Movement (2020) Immigration and nationality fees unchanged for 2020/21. Available at: https://www.freemovement.org.uk/immigration-nationality-application-fees-2020-21/ (Accessed 29 June 2020)
Home Office, United Kingdom (2020) 'Media Factsheet: Immigration Health Surcharge', Home Office in the Media. Available at: https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2020/06/29/media-factsheet-immigration-health-surcharge/ (Accessed 29 June 2020)
United Kingdom (2020) Home Office immigration and nationality fees: 29 March 2019: updated 6 April 2020. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visa-regulations-revised-table/home-office-immigration-and- nationality-fees-29-march-2019 (Accessed 26 June 2020)