Deportability and the Family: mixed-immigration status families in the UK

Melanie Griffiths, Candice Morgan-Glendinning

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The Deportability and the Family project examines the intersection of family life and immigration enforcement in the context of a decade of profound immigration policy shifts, including interpretation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to respect of one’s private and family life). It investigates the effect of a person’s insecure immigration status on experiences and decisions around family life, as well as the impact of UK-based family ties on people’s negotiation of the immigration system. Researchers followed 30 mixed-immigration status families between 2014-17. The families consisted of foreign national men at risk of removal/deportation and their British partners and children. The research data includes interviews with couples and practitioners from legal, private, state and civil society sectors; observation of deportation appeals and other immigration hearings; and analysis of changing media and political rhetoric around immigration enforcement and family life rights.

The British interviewees were exempt from UK immigration controls. The men were not
only subject to such controls, but their presence in the UK was especially insecure due to their precarious or unlawful immigration status. This made them liable to immigration enforcement measures like immigration detention, reporting and expulsion, meant most were prohibited from both employment and public funds, and created many other restrictions affecting their everyday lives.
Original languageEnglish
TypeProject report: 'Deportability and the Family'
Media of outputWritten report
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham
Number of pages111
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2021


  • deportation
  • immigration detention
  • immigration
  • Article 8
  • Citizenship
  • family
  • masculinity


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