This report is the result of a joint investigation by the APPG for Africa, the APPG for Diaspora, Development and Migration and the APPG for Malawi. We began work in December 2018 and continue to gather evidence. So whilst we are publishing the investigation’s findings so far in this report, there is a considerable body of evidence that is still growing, and which can be accessed in full via the online Appendix accompanying this report. The case studies included in this report represent only a sample of the information we have received both formally and informally that can be found in the archive.
This report begins by briefly setting out in Section 1 the UK’s approach to Migration Policy and management, along with the historical context and acknowledgment of the constraints faced by policy makers. Section 2 of the report describes the UKVI ‘hub and spoke’ network for visa applications, examining the implications of network consolidation and highlighting common issues identified by stakeholders relating to the application process. Section 3 sets out the key issues arising from the UKVI entry clearance decision-making process supported by a number of case studies. Section 4 looks at the impact visa refusals have on key sectors in the UK. Finally, Section 5 draws some general conclusions from the investigation and makes recommendations for changes in policy and approach to improve the service offered by UKVI and avoid the problems that have arisen.