Here to stay: understanding the consequences of protracted legal limbo

irregular voices

Having the opportunity to get feedback on the report ‘No way out, no way in: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK’ by policy makers, activists and civil servants was exciting. Baroness Hamwee, our host at the House of Lords, welcomed participants and expressed her support for the study that, she said, ‘brings back into the policy and academic debates on immigration the human side’. Debbie Pippard of the Barrow Cadbury Trust which funded the study expressed the Trust’s appreciation for the contribution the report makes ‘to detoxify the current debate on this issue’. The responses from PICUM, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England and the Children’s Society were overall very supportive and helped us to better locate the findings of our study in current policy debates. In her response, Michele Levoy (PICUM) focused on the similarities and differences among EU member states. She also noticed the lack of attention by policy makers to the…

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