Lords Committee discusses families separated by immigration rules
The Justice and Home Affairs Committee is holding its first oral evidence session as part of its latest inquiry into family migration.
The Justice and Home Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into family migration. The first evidence session will focus on the emotional and educational impacts on families separated by immigration rules. The Committee is particularly interested in discrepancies across immigration pathways when it comes to family reunion rights, and different consequences these discrepancies may have on different families.
- How much weight are the best interests of the child granted in family migration policies? At what point, over the course of a family’s journey through immigration rules, are the best interests of the child actually considered?
- What are the challenges commonly experienced by children separated from a parent by immigration rules when in the school system? How does it affect their academic experience and performance?
- What is the emotional impact on children (to the extent not already covered) and on other members of families separated by the immigration rules? What about practical impacts?
- How best can the wellbeing of families and the best interests of the child be balanced against other legitimate concerns?