Queen’s Speech 2022: Home affairs

The Queen’s Speech is due to take place on 10 May 2022. The Government will use the speech to outline its plans for the new parliamentary session. This article considers what home affairs related announcements the Government might make, including plans for new legislation relating to counter-state threats and economic crime, and amendments to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Queen’s Speech 2022: Home affairs

The use of Napier Barracks to house asylum seekers: regret motion

Napier Barracks in Kent has been used since 2020 as contingency or temporary accommodation for those seeking asylum. In September 2021, an order was laid before Parliament extending the use of the site for such purposes for another five years. This move came despite significant criticism of facilities at the site, including a judgment from the High Court declaring them inadequate and the Home Office guilty of employing unlawful practices.

The use of Napier Barracks to house asylum seekers: regret motion

Ukrainian refugees

Over 4 million refugees have left Ukraine since 24 February 2022, when Russia launched its current invasion of the country. At least a further 6.5 million people are displaced within Ukraine. The UK Government has launched family and sponsorship schemes to allow Ukrainians to seek refuge in the UK. However, critics have alleged that the processes involved are slow and causing frustration for both Ukrainian refugees and their sponsors.

Ukrainian refugees
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    Office for Demographic Change Bill [HL]

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    Data protection regulations and the immigration exemption

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    Forcibly displaced people

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    Migrants arriving in the UK by boat

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    Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL]

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    UK visa and immigration policies for EU and EEA citizens

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    UK Windrush Day: update on the Windrush scheme

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    Magnitsky sanctions

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    Queen’s Speech 2021: UK-EU relationship

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