The Migration Law and Policy Research Unit is a new unit within the SPRC led by Dr Helena Wray (Law and Politics) and Professor Eleonore Kofman (SPRC). The establishment of the unit reflects both the expertise of the unit’s leaders and the increasing amount of work carried out in the School on migration-related issues.
The unit provides consultancy to immigration lawyers, NGOs and others on immigration law and policy in the form of:
- Policy analysis from a legal, political and social science perspective;
- Comparative studies across Europe and globally;
- Critique of government policy claims ;
- Other investigations (within the capacity of the unit) in support of claimants in immigration appeals and judicial reviews.
It also carries out empirical research on migration law and policy funded by UK, EU and international funding bodies, contributes to national and international debate on issues relating to the expertise of the unit and supports academics and PhD students in the development of their research capacity within the expertise of the unit.
Eleonore Kofman is Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship and a leading migration scholar with an international reputation and many years experience of leading and working on empirical social science projects, including those funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. Helena Wray is Associate Professor of Law and a well-established migration law scholar who has published widely. She is managing editor of Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law and UK country expert for European Union Democracy Observatory (Citizenship). In March 2013, she gave oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration during their investigation of the new family migration rules. Both have worked with migrant NGOs and lawyers, addressing the AGM of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in 2011 and 2012. They have provided expert evidence in court cases including a challenge to the pre-entry language test for migrant spouses and partners which will be heard by the Supreme Court and the high profile challenge to the minimum financial requirements for spouses and partners which is also likely to be heard in the Supreme Court.
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More information about past and current work of the unit will be posted over the next few months. In the meantime, for information and enquiries, please contact the unit’s leaders at H.Wray@mdx.ac.uk or E.Kofman@mdx.ac.uk.