Changes in UK Immigration Policy and Legislations and their Impact on Highly Skilled Immigrants and their Families

By Taghi Doostgharin.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper examines the retrospective changes of immigration policy of April the 3rd 2006 and its impact on highly skilled immigrants (HSIs) and their families in the UK. Semi-structured interviews were completed with ten highly skilled immigrants who had immigrated to the UK from March 2003. Participants were asked to comment on various aspects of their lives since immigrating to the UK, in particular the change in qualifying period for settlement and its impact on their lives. This study has assembled some evidence from HSIs’ experience of retrospective changes of immigration policy to show how some aspects of UK immigration policies under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) can be considered counterproductive to policies and genuine political will to foster and strengthen social cohesion. The findings suggest that HSIs’ human rights have been violated under the HSMP. A majority of those interviewed considered the new retrospective change of the qualifying period for settlement as unjust, having an adverse affect on their lives. Postponing their permanent residency status could lead them to be marginalised in society.

Keywords: Highly Skilled Immigrants, Immigration Policies, Settlement

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.209-220. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.155MB).

Dr. Taghi Doostgharin

Lecturer in Socail Work, Social Work Division, School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Brunel University, London, London, UK

Dr. Taghi Doostgharin is lecturer of social work at the Brunel University in London. He is a psychologist as well as a social work academic. Taghi undertook a PhD at Bristol University before taking up academic position in Bath University, A T University of Iran and, since 2005, Brunel University, England. Taghi has published extensively on social work topics and current interests are social work with Children and Families and Immigration. Correspondence to Dr Taghi Doostgharin, Lecturer, School of Health Sciences and Social Care, Division of Social Work, Brunel University Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH.

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