News Archive - January 2020

Will Children of Migrants Face More Discrimination in Future?

24 Jan 2020 | Carl Thomas

With Brexit talks well underway, and Boris Johnson’s government discussing new UK visa strategies to replace things like the tier 2 work permit, there’s a lot to consider about the future of the country. Two surveys from 2018 were recently revealed to the public, showing that ethnicity and immigration in the UK is usually at the root at a lot of discrimination issues in the company. Around 8% of migrants from the EU are beginning to feel discriminated against in Britain. However, for second-generation migrants born in Britain, the sense of discrimination rises to 30%.

This is a complicated issue for families to look into when applying for spouse visas and British Naturalisation in the UK. Some studies indicate that UK-born minorities who don’t have to apply for UK visas might have worse outcomes when searching for jobs and opportunities than people coming into the UK with a tier 2 work permit. Research also suggests that the children of migrants who were born and raised in the country are more sensitive to unequal treatment.

At present, the discussions around the UK work permit and immigration options are focused on making sure that high-skilled individuals can get into the country. The government is working hard to make sure that the right people can make it into the UK. Unfortunately, there isn’t much discussion at present about how the environment can change to become more supportive for people who are born in the UK, to parents who arrived into the country on a UK work permit or spouse visa.

This will be an interesting issue to consider as we move forward, particularly as Britain continues to rely on migrants to fill the gaps in many skilled jobs and industries. People born in the UK and those coming into the country through visas may continue to feel more discriminated against as the government strives to curb the number of “low-skilled” people coming into the UK from around the world.