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London Mayor calls on politicians to “make the case” for the positive side of immigration (17 December 2014)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has implied that people complaining of overcrowding in London may be “xenophobic”.  Read more...

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G4S guards cleared of manslaughter of Mubenga (17 December 2014)

The three G4S guards on trial over the death of 46-year-old deportee Jimmy Mubenga have been cleared of his manslaughter at the Old Bailey in London.  Read more...

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UK immigration debate “driven by prejudice rather than facts” (17 December 2014)

A report by the Irish Times has suggested that the UK’s EU immigration debate is being driven by “popular prejudice” rather than facts.  Read more...

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Britain’s skills shortage means companies rely on EU workers (9 December 2014)

The UK’s skills shortages have led to many sectors having to recruit workers from EU member states at elevated wages.
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EU’s ageing population data shows that Britain needs migrants (8 December 2014)

Figures from Eurostat show that unless the UK continues to allow freedom of movement across borders and immigration to the UK, the economy in Britain will suffer as the population continues to age.  Read more...

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Mubenga’s last moments described by G4S guard at Old Bailey (3 December 2014)

A court has been told of the last moments of deportee Jimmy Mubenga, who died after being restrained on a flight to his native country Angola.  Read more...

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Poland may veto UK’s attempts to limit out-of-work benefits for EU migrants (3 December 2014)

As many as 4,000 European migrants unable to find employment in the UK could face losing their Jobseeker’s Allowance under new plans being considered by the government.  Read more...

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Family lose appeal to remain in UK, after injury makes them miss visa deadline (1 December 2014)

An Australian family currently living in Warwickshire are facing deportation after illness caused them to miss the deadline for renewing their visas.  Read more...

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Container survivors claim asylum in UK (1 December 2014)

It is reported that 34 illegal immigrants who entered the UK in a shipping container have applied for asylum in Britain.  Read more...

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13,000 trafficked workers may be working as slaves across UK (1 December 2014)

Latest figures from the government’s National Crime Agency’s Human Trafficking Centre estimate that there are around 10,000 to 13,000 people working as modern-day slaves in the UK, having been trafficked into Britain.  Read more...

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More international cooperation needed to beat trafficking, says Europol chief (27 November 2014)

The director of the European policing agency, Rob Wainwright, has warned that people traffickers are using social media sites to groom young women into believing they are being offered jobs in childcare or cleaning in the UK and other EU member states, before being trafficked into the sex industry.  Read more...

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Polish ambassador to UK criticises plans to limit in-work benefits to EU migrants (25 November 2014)

The Polish ambassador to the UK, Witold Sobkow, has criticised David Cameron’s proposals to limit EU workers’ access to Britain’s in-work benefits, which often top up low-paid workers’ salaries.  Read more...

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Labour leader calls for more female engineering students in UK (25 November 2014)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that if the UK is to compete in the 21st century – and “win the race to the top” – more women engineers must be trained.
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Italian coastguard rescues 800 African migrants (24 November 2014)

An estimated 800 African migrants have been rescued off the coast of Italy since Thursday (20/11/14), according to a news report from AAP.  Read more...

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British citizenship granted to 2.1m people since 2000 (21 November 2014)

The UK is granting British citizenship to record levels of people, according to figures from the European Commission’s official statistics organisation Eurostat.  Read more...

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Migrants’ solidarity walk planned for Refugee Week 2015 (21 November 2014)

Supporters of immigration to the UK are to stage a solidarity walk in support of detainees at Gatwick Immigration Detention Centre.
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Vulnerable asylum seekers at Dover removal centre targeted over mental health assessments (18 November 2014)

NHS staff are interviewing detainees at Dover Immigration Removal Centre to assess their mental health – including asking them whether they hear voices.  Read more...

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Strasbourg court rulings involving Human Rights Act “taken too far” (17 November 2014)

Supreme Court judge Lord Toulson has said that UK courts have taken rulings in the Strasbourg court “too far”.  Read more...

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Wife and daughter of transplant patient may have to leave UK and return to Australia (14 November 2014)

A forklift truck driver is facing the prospect of undergoing two transplant operations without the support of his wife and child, because they are unable to meet minimum income requirements for a visa.  Read more...

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GCSE results in the capital produce “London Effect” as a result of pupils from migrant families (12 November 2014)

Research by the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) at Bristol University has found that London schools do better at GCSEs because so many of the pupils come from immigrant families.  Read more...

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CBI says immigration is a key priority for UK businesses (11 November 2014)

In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in London, the Prime Minister has said that the UK will not remain in the EU “come what may”.  Read more...

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Tories planning to deny EU migrants access to jobless benefits (10 November 2014)

Conservative ministers are planning to ban EU migrants from claiming out-of-work benefits as part of the government blueprint for Universal Credit.  Read more...

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Final member of human trafficking gang handed prison sentence (10 November 2014)

The last member to be jailed out of an eight-member human trafficking gang has been jailed for two years and nine months by Lewes Crown Court.  Read more...

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UK faces competition from Germany to attract most skilled migrants (10 November 2014)

The German Institute for Economic Research has said immigrants are welcome in Germany to fill significant skills gaps in an ageing population.  Read more...

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BA employee tells Old Bailey he wishes he had removed Mubenga from flight (7 November 2014)

A British Airways (BA) staff member broke down and apologised to the family of Jimmy Mubenga during the trial of three G4S guards at the Old Bailey.  Read more...

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EU migrants now better educated than UK workforce – and contributing billions to the economy, say UCL researchers (5 November 2014)

New research by leading migration experts at University College London (UCL) has suggested that migrants have contributed £20 billion to the UK economy in taxes over the last ten years.  Read more...

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Old Bailey hears how G4S guards restrained Mubenga before his death (5 November 2014)

A jury at the Old Bailey has heard how G4S guards ignored the cries of deportee Jimmy Mubenga as they restrained him while loading him onto a flight at Heathrow Airport.  Read more...

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New immigration re-negotiation strategy expected from UK government before Christmas (4 November 2014)

Chancellor George Osborne has said that the UK government will continue to place Britain’s national interest first, after Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel signalled there was no room for movement on limiting EU migration to the UK.  Read more...

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Immigration workers in Italy call for more extensive search and rescue operations to replace Mare Nostrum (3 November 2014)

Italian officials, lawyers and aid groups working with refugees rescued under the Italian government’s Operation Mare Nostrum search and rescue scheme are warning that many more people will die at sea now the operation has ended.  Read more...

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DoH denies NHS is relying on migrant nurses more than ever (30 October 2014)

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has revealed that the number of nurses from overseas registering in the UK rose by 45% in the last year – showing how much the NHS is relying on overseas recruitment to maintain services.  Read more...

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Senior Tory backs limit on access to social housing for new migrants (30 October 2014)

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague – who became leader of the House of Commons in a Cabinet reshuffle – has responded to claims by the Mayor of Calais that for migrants waiting to cross the UK, the generous welfare system in Britain makes it “El Dorado”.  Read more...

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Amnesty criticises UK decision to end search and rescue missions in Mediterranean (29 October 2014)

Amnesty International UK has condemned the UK government’s decision to stop funding search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean, which save migrants who get into trouble making the crossing.  Read more...

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New asylum applications rise by 70% in first quarter, as immigration backlog grows (29 October 2014)

A report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee has revealed that waste and poor management within the UK’s immigration system has led to 50,000 asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected disappearing into the community – and a failed IT system which may have cost the taxpayer up to £1 billion.  Read more...

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Operation Mare Nostrum ends, prompting fears more migrants will drown crossing the Mediterranean (28 October 2014)

An announcement that the UK is cutting funding for migrant rescue services in the Mediterranean has prompted a backlash.  Read more...

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Governments must focus more on protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights of migrants says UN special rapporteur (27 October 2014)

The UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, has said that governments must focus more on protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights of migrants.  Read more...

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Norfolk student awaits Home Office decision on deportation to Afghanistan (27 October 2014)

Staff and pupils at East Norfolk Sixth Form are calling on two local MPs to help prevent the deportation of a student at the college back to Afghanistan.  Read more...

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EU President calls for more freedom of movement across EU, as UK sees surge in support for membership (23 October 2014)

New research by pollsters Ipsos MORI has revealed that more people in the UK wish to remain in the EU as a result of the rise of UKIP.  Read more...

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UK proposals to cap EU migration “illegal” (20 October 2014)

The outgoing president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has said that David Cameron’s proposals to limit EU migration to the UK are illegal.  Read more...

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Home Office “in chaos” over Home Secretary’s withdrawal of asylum decisions (20 October 2014)

A document files in the Parliamentary Library shows that in the course of just one year, Home Secretary Theresa May withdrew thousands of Home Office decisions refusing asylum seekers the right to remain in the UK – leaving many migrants seeking asylum in Britain in “legal limbo”.  Read more...

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Migrants “more likely” to donate to charity and volunteer than native citizens (20 October 2014)

A Gallup poll has shown that immigrants in high-economy societies are more likely to give to charities than citizens from that country.  Read more...

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G4S takes over healthcare in immigration detention centres (15 October 2014)

G4S has taken over healthcare at immigration detention centres across England, after being awarded seven-year contracts worth £24.3 million by NHS England.  Read more...

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“UK should relax immigration regulations” to tackle engineering shortages (14 October 2014)

A report by industry journal The Engineer reveals that the UK is being forced to recruit qualified engineers from overseas because of a shortage of trained engineers in Britain.  Read more...

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UKIP leader suggests migrants with “threatening diseases” should not receive free healthcare in Britain (13 October 2014)

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has prompted a backlash over a comment he made suggesting migrants with HIV should not be allowed into Britain.  Read more...

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Labour to resist amending immigration policy following UKIP successes (13 October 2014)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said he will not make “false promises” about changing his immigration policy, after Labour narrowly took the Heywood & Middleton seat in northern England on Thursday.  Read more...

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Strathclyde University launches Asylum Seeker Scholarships (10 October 2014)

A Scottish University is offering three annual bursaries to asylum seekers to enable them to study for a degree.  Read more...

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Somalia deemed safer for returns by the Upper Tribunal (7 October 2014)

The Upper Tribunal has on Friday 3 October 2014 ruled in the latest Somalia Country Guidance case that Mogadishu is deemed safe for returns from the United Kingdom.
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Kent businessman’s family “trapped” in Ukraine after embassy tells him he is “not British” (7 October 2014)

A British businessman whose family is trapped in a war zone in Ukraine has called on the British government to resolve a misunderstanding which led to his wife and children being denied a visa to enter the UK to join him.  Read more...

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Channel island financier calls on UK to remain in Europe (7 October 2014)

A leading financier based offshore has told London newspaper the Evening Standard that the UK must remain within the European Union to prevent war breaking out across continental Europe.  Read more...

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Backlash over UK’s proposed amendments to Human Rights Act (6 October 2014)

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has clarified how the UK would amend human rights law if the Conservative Party won a majority at the 2015 General Election.  Read more...

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Rise in number of people trafficked, as gangs start to tattoo those trafficked with numbers (2 October 2014)

Recent figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children being trafficked within the UK.  Read more...

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Cameron pledges action on reducing EU immigration – and withdrawal from European Court of Human Rights (2 October 2014)

The Prime Minister has told the annual Conservative Party Conference that if the party wins the 2015 General Election, the UK’s relationship with the EU will be renegotiated – including limits on the number of EU migrants allowed to come to the UK to live and work.  Read more...

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New £7m government aid package for Central African Republic refugees (30 September 2014)

The government has announced a £7 million package of aid for families displaced from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon and Chad.  Read more...

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Government benefit reforms leave EU migrants owed £10m in out-of-work benefits (29 September 2014)

The UK has been ordered to pay more than £10 million in out-of-work benefits to migrants from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia who have returned home from living in Britain and are unable to find work in their home countries.  Read more...

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Lorry drivers join Dover protest to highlight dangers of stowaway migrants at Calais (29 September 2014)

Extra police have been drafted in to deal with an anticipated protest by right-wing groups at the Port of Dover on Saturday (27/09/14).  Read more...

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Business leaders in favour of Labour Party proposal to scrap UK immigration target (25 September 2014)

The Institute of Directors has come out in favour of Labour’s proposed immigration policy if the party is elected in the May 2015 General Election.  Read more...

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The Slippery Slope of Public Interest (24 September 2014)

Mohammed (Family Court proceedings-outcome) [2014] UKUT 419(IAC).
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Asylum seekers “crammed” into budget hotel commandeered by the Home Office (18 September 2014)

The conditions faced by asylum seekers in the UK have been highlighted in news reports revealing many asylum seekers are crammed into cheap hotels, which the Home Office has block-booked exclusively to house migrants applying for asylum in the UK.  Read more...

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“Tens of thousands” immigration target scrapped, says Deputy Prime Minister (18 September 2014)

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that the Coalition government has scrapped a target to reduce annual net migration to “tens of thousands”.  Read more...

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Migrant workers “propping up dairy farming Britain” because of Brits’ poor work ethic (10 September 2014)

A survey by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has revealed that one-third of dairy farmers in the UK rely on migrant workers.  Read more...

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TUC attacks Immigration Bill for “scapegoating migrants” for government cuts (8 September 2014)

A motion at the TUC Congress has highlighted the positive contribution made to the UK by migrants.  Read more...

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Home Office investigation into death of detainee at Morton Hall immigration centre (8 September 2014)

A Home Office investigation has been launched after a disturbance at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre on Saturday (06/09/14), following the death of a detainee.  Read more...

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Britain’s economy benefitting from overseas workers, says Lloyds Bank (2 September 2014)

New research for Lloyds Bank has found that skilled workers from overseas add £210 billion to the UK economy.  Read more...

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UK “must take more Syrian refugees” (1 September 2014)

The United Nations (UN) and Oxfam are calling for wealthier nations such as the UK to accept more Syrian refugees.  Read more...

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Home Office may deport Down’s Syndrome man resident in UK for 17 years (1 September 2014)

A 44-year-old man with Down’s Syndrome is facing deportation from the UK because his parents have both died.  Read more...

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Net migration figures up “significantly” – in line with Britain’s booming economy (29 August 2014)

New figures show that net migration to the UK had risen to 243,000 to March this year – a “statistically significant” increase on the previous net migration figure of 175,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Read more...

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EC to help patrol Mediterranean Sea with “Frontex Plus” (28 August 2014)

The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will be launching a sea rescue mission to help Italy cope with the large numbers of migrants who are trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.  Read more...

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International students should be excluded from migration figures, says Conservative peer (26 August 2014)

Conservative peer Lord Heseltine is calling for overseas students to be made exempt from cuts to migrant numbers in Britain.  Read more...

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Hundreds of immigrants lost at sea as vessel sinks off Libya (26 August 2014)

A vessel containing around migrants fleeing war and persecution has sunk at Qarabouli, 35 miles east of the capital Tripoli, the Daily Mail reports.  Read more...

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Two men remanded in custody over Tilbury container migrants (26 August 2014)

A court has remanded in custody two lorry drivers from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, who are facing charges of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.  Read more...

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Second arrest made over shipping container death (21 August 2014)

Police have confirmed that a second man has been arrested during an investigation into how one man died when 35 Afghan Sikhs were transported to the UK inside a shipping container.  Read more...

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Police continue questioning migrants found in container at Tilbury (18 August 2014)

Police are continuing to question migrants who survived a perilous trip to the UK sealed in a container loaded onto a lorry bound for Tilbury in Essex from the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium.  Read more...

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Government may bend immigration rules to allow more Australians to work in UK under “compromise” work visas (14 August 2014)

Government officials in the UK and Australia are reportedly working on a deal which could allow more Australians to work in the UK.  Read more...

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Former Tory prime minister praises migrants’ “guts and drive” (13 August 2014)

Former Conservative Prime Minister Sir John Major has praised the “guts and drive” of immigrants who have come to the UK to improve the lives of their families.  Read more...

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Protesters target Harmondsworth over “unjust” Fast-track Detention Process (12 August 2014)

Protesters gathered outside the government’s immigration detention centre Harmondsworth at the weekend, to protest at the detention of “innocent people”.  Read more...

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Senior judge praises Human Rights Act for establishing balance between government and judiciary (12 August 2014)

The President of the Supreme Court – Britain’s highest court – has said that the Human Rights Bill in effect allows judges “a blank cheque” when it comes to deciding points of law.  Read more...

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Communications boss seeking PA with “excellent English” told he might be breaching the Equality Act (11 August 2014)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has conceded that its job seeker service Universal Jobmatch might have been “too strict” when staff questioned a company boss who tried to recruit a PA with the requirement they spoke “excellent English”.  Read more...

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What you need to know about the Immigration Act 2014 (8 August 2014)

The Immigration Rules can be difficult to navigate, especially when there are constant changes to the rules and regulations. One of the major changes is the Immigration Act 2014. Some sections of this act have been in force since May 2014 with the remaining section to be phased in throughout the year.  Read more...

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Record number of desperate migrants expected in Italy by mid-August (8 August 2014)

Record numbers of migrants fleeing war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East are expected to reach Europe by mid-August.  Read more...

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New report says children of asylum seekers are being “pushed into poverty” (7 August 2014)

The Children’s Society has said the government’s freeze on welfare benefits is pushing the children of asylum seekers in the UK into poverty.  Read more...

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Scared, scarred and living in poverty – victims of torture struggling to exist in UK (5 August 2014)

Research from London-based organisation Freedom from Torture has revealed that asylum seekers in the UK who are victims of torture also have to struggle with poverty as a result of receiving a weekly welfare payment of just £36.  Read more...

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CofE says UK has “moral obligation” to grant asylum to Iraqi Christians (4 August 2014)

The Church of England (CofE) is calling on the government to grant asylum to Iraqi Christian fleeing persecution in northern Iraq.  Read more...

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UK government restricts benefit claims from EU migrants to three months (30 July 2014)

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that benefits eligibility for EU migrants in the UK is to be cut from six months to just three months of claiming, unless migrants have a credible prospect of getting a job in the UK.
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Identification of migrants who die trying to reach Europe “a moral and legal responsibility” (29 July 2014)

Human rights experts are calling for more support for families whose loved ones disappear or are killed while trying to reach Europe.  Read more...

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Supreme Court to rule on rights of Nigerian girl trafficked into UK as domestic worker (28 July 2014)

The Supreme Court is to rule this week on whether an illegal immigrant who was trafficked into the UK as a domestic help is entitled to compensation, after she claimed for unfair dismissal, breach of contract, unpaid wages and holiday pay, as well as dismissal on racially discriminatory grounds at an Employment Appeal Tribunal.  Read more...

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Former immigration minister’s cleaner deported as illegal immigrant (24 July 2014)

A woman who worked as a cleaner to the former Immigration Minister Mark Harper has been held at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre pending deportation since last Friday (18/07/14).  Read more...

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Home Office clampdown on students and post-study workers applying to switch into Tier 1 Entrepreneur category (23 July 2014)

On 11 July 2014, the Home Office released a new Statement of Changes (HC 532)in the Immigration rules, bringing in a sudden and quite shocking change with regards to students and (post-study workers wishing to apply to switch into the Tier 1(Entrepreneur) category.  Read more...

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Immigration report rewritten by Tories because it was too “pro-Europe”, claims Cable (21 July 2014)

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has accused the Conservative Party of rewriting a report on immigration, because Conservative ministers felt it was too “propagandist” and “pro-Europe”.  Read more...

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Asylum seekers paraded before a court in their native Sri Lanka (9 July 2014)

Asylum seekers who were returned to their country of origin have been paraded before a court in their native Sri Lanka, the Daily Mail reports.
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Immigration Office refuses kidney donor entry to the UK (1 July 2014)

The brother of a seriously ill kidney patient has been prevented from entering the UK to donate one of his kidneys to his brother.  Read more...

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Overseas students “should be removed from immigration statistics” (30 June 2014)

A former Conservative Party adviser is calling for overseas students to be removed from government immigration figures.  Read more...

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Yarl’s Wood detainees called to give evidence before MPs (30 June 2014)

The Home Affairs Select Committee is to interview former detainees at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre, as part of a further investigation into improper sexual contact between women detained at the centre and male guards who are employed by Serco.  Read more...

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Tougher tests for EU migrants claiming out-of-work benefits in UK (30 June 2014)

Migrants from the European Union coming to the UK to work will in the future face tougher benefit rules if they are unable to find a job within six months of arriving in Britain.   Read more...

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UK population increases by 400,000 to 64.1m (27 June 2014)

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the UK population increased by more than 400,000 people in 2013 – bringing the total population to 64.1 million people.  Read more...

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Serco chief apologises for failure in standards at Yarl’s Wood (25 June 2014)

The chief executive of Serco^s UK central government division, Dr Bob McGuiness, has issued an apology, after it was revealed 10 Serco employees have been dismissed following allegations of improper sexual contact with detainees at Yarl’s Wood women’s immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire.  Read more...

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UN says refugee numbers now compete with WWII refugee figures (24 June 2014)

To coincide with World Refugee Day, a new report published by the UN has revealed that the number of refugees across the world is set to top 50 million for the first time since World War II.  Read more...

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Success of Tech City “shows UK needs migrant workers” (23 June 2014)

The success of London Tech City – based at Old Street in east London – is one example of how migrants can benefit the UK, The Daily Telegraph reports.  Read more...

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Roma teen brutally beaten in suspected vigilante attack in Paris (18 June 2014)

President Hollande has condemned a savage assault on a teenager from a Roma camp in a Paris suburb.
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Italy may cease patrolling Libya for migrants, says Minister (17 June 2014)

Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has warned that the Italian Navy and Coastguard may no longer mount rescue operations involving migrants who get into trouble trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in makeshift vessels.  Read more...

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Refugee Week launches, as new poll shows support for refugees among first-time voters (16 June 2014)

The start of Refugee Week today (16/06/14) has been marked by a new YouGov poll, which shows that eight out of 10 first-time voters eligible to take part in the May 2015 General Election are proud of the UK’s history of tolerance and acceptance towards refugees and migrants – and want the UK to continue this tradition.  Read more...

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Immigration amendment lessens risk of failed asylum seekers going into hiding” (11 June 2014)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has this week announced new measures to prevent failed asylum seekers going into hiding in the UK to avoid being deported.   Read more...

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High cost of bringing overseas spouses to UK “forcing many families to live apart” (10 June 2014)

The Migrants Rights Network has claimed that 47% of working Britons would be unable to live in the UK with a spouse from overseas because of the coalition government’s tough rules on spousal visas.  Read more...

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Italian Navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours (9 June 2014)

A change in the weather boosted the number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Italy last week, with the result that between Tuesday and Friday (5-6 June), the Italian Navy rescued a total of 2,500 illegal immigrants trying to reach European shores via Italy.
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Housing shortages “fuelling hostility towards migrants”, says Labour MP (9 June 2014)

Labour MP Margaret Hodge has said that the government’s failure to build new homes in London has resulted in hostility being directed at migrants in the UK.  Read more...

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‘The Untouchables, the Dead and Albert Venn Dicey’s Ghost’ (4 June 2014)

‘The Untouchables, the Dead and Albert Venn Dicey’s Ghost’
By Duncan Lewis Daniela Tringale was published in the Haldane Society Magazine in March 2014. Daniela discusses the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Report on the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and on the killing of Mark Duggan and Christopher Alden.
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Women will have to “breed for Britain” if immigration is cut, says MP (4 June 2014)

After generations of women being advised to delay motherhood in favour of study and a career, Labour MP Stella Creasy has said that women in the UK would have to “breed for Britain” if immigration was reduced.  Read more...

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More migrants rescued by Italy’s navy, as Calais authorities continue to clear camps (2 June 2014)

The Italian Navy rescued 3,500 illegal immigrants from the seas off the coast of Italy last week, as the influx of refugees fleeing war zones in Africa and the Middle East escalates.  Read more...

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Vulnerable migrants to be left “homeless” after Calais camps are cleared (28 May 2014)

The local prefect in Calais, Denis Robin, has said that in the next week he will be closing three makeshift camps on public property, currently housing around 650 illegal immigrants waiting to cross to Britain.
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Refugees being refused cancer treatment funding by UN (27 May 2014)

A new report published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has revealed that refugees fleeing Syria and other Middle East war zones are being forced to return home to obtain treatment for diseases such as cancer and diabetes.  Read more...

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An independent Scotland would need migrant workers, says government report (27 May 2014)

The Treasury has estimated that if Scotland votes for independence, an additional workforce of 24,000 new migrants would be needed every year to maintain Scotland’s net migration figure.  Read more...

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Italy calls for more help from Europe, as Italian Navy rescues another 500 refugees crossing the Mediterranean (22 May 2014)

The Italian Navy has rescued more than 500 migrants – including 100 children – in an overnight operation off the coast of Sicily.  Read more...

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Couples separated by immigration law call for change in rules on spouse visas (20 May 2014)

A woman from Crewe is fighting for her Algerian-born husband to be allowed to come and live in Britain.  Read more...

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Serco summoned before MPs over report into sexual assault allegations at Yarl’s Wood (19 May 2014)

MPs are to investigate Serco – which provides services to the Ministry of Justice and Home Office – after a secret report by the company revealed that it had failed to properly investigate allegations of assault on a detainee at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre by a member of Serco’s staff.  Read more...

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Labour deem Prime Minister David Cameron’s government “incompetent” as foreign inmates in the UK’s jails is continuing to grow. (19 May 2014)

Labour has called Prime Minister David Cameron’s government “incompetent”, after figures released in response to a Parliamentary question show that the number of foreign inmates in the UK’s jails is continuing to grow.  Read more...

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Two jailed over Hungarians trafficked to UK to work as slaves (16 May 2014)

A judge at Teesside Crown Court has jailed two men who preyed on vulnerable individuals from Hungaria and lured them to the UK with promises of work, only to treat them as modern-day slaves.  Read more...

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Immigration figures show fewer workers from Bulgaria and Romania in UK (15 May 2014)

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were fewer workers from Bulgaria and Romania in the UK in the first quarter of 2014, compared with the first quarter of last year.  Read more...

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Libya in crisis over illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa (13 May 2014)

The Libyan government has criticised EU countries for not doing more to help with the refugee crisis Libya is facing.  Read more...

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Convicted drug dealer “scarred” by West Bank childhood faces deportation (12 May 2014)

The government is to deport a Palestinian asylum seeker who was first given notice to leave the UK in 2006.  Read more...

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4,000 new migrants receiving NI numbers every week (12 May 2014)

New figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that every week 4,000 National Insurance numbers are issued to new migrants to the UK.  Read more...

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MPs vote in favour of Home Secretary’s right to remove British citizenship (8 May 2014)

Home Secretary Theresa May has won the latest round of the government’s fight to be able to strip people of their British citizenship, after the House of Commons voted yesterday (07/05/14) to remove an Amendment to the Immigration Bill made by the House of Lords.  Read more...

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Hunger strike protest at Harmdonsworth (6 May 2014)

More than 100 detainees at Harmondsworth Detention Centre staged a hunger strike over the weekend, in protest at the government’s fast-track immigration policies.  Read more...

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Immigration fraud couple must repay £400,000 after Proceeds of Crime ruling (6 May 2014)

A Birmingham couple who ran a visa fraud operation and claimed benefits which netted them more than £400,000 have been ordered to repay the money.  Read more...

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Number of Indian students receiving visas to study in UK set to rise (30 April 2014)

The British Deputy High Commissioner for western India, Kumar Iyer, has said that students from India wishing to study in the UK need not worry about not being given a student visa if they have applied for a reputable college or university.  Read more...

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Failed asylum seekers separated from children “to effect immigration enforcement” (28 April 2014)

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has said that the children of failed asylum seekers are being housed separately from their parents as part of asylum control procedures at Cedars removal centre near Gatwick airport in south London.
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Failed asylum seekers separated from children “to effect immigration enforcement” (28 April 2014)

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has said that the children of failed asylum seekers are being housed separately from their parents as part of asylum control procedures at Cedars removal centre near Gatwick airport in south London.  Read more...

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Asylum seeker housing contracts “poorly planned and badly managed” (24 April 2014)

The Public Accounts Select Committee has criticised the management of contracts to provide housing for asylum seekers, saying the overhaul of contracts was “poorly planned and badly managed”.
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Justice Secretary calls for limited access to Legal Aid for migrants (22 April 2014)

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has warned that migrants to the UK must not use the Legal Aid Agency to fight cases through the British courts.  Read more...

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Crackdown on human trafficking and modern-day slavery in Wales (15 April 2014)

Police in Wales are cracking down on criminals who exploit vulnerable individuals and treat them as modern-day slaves.  Read more...

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Lesbian asylum seeker may face homophobic violence if deported to Uganda, say supporters (15 April 2014)

The case of a lesbian asylum seeker facing deportation to Uganda is being taken up by Labour MP John Cryer.  Read more...

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Student visa regulations may be putting off some student from coming to study in UK (14 April 2014)

The Lords’Science and Technology Committee has said that government rhetoric and “overblown” media coverage of immigration is deterring overseas students from coming to Britain to study maths, engineering and technology subjects.  Read more...

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Treasury announced restrictions on child benefits for EU migrants (10 April 2014)

The Treasury has announced that from July, EU migrants will face restrictions on receiving child benefit in the UK.  Read more...

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Health experts say Immigration Bill could pose a risk to public health – and cost the NHS more (7 April 2014)

A group of health experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has said that the Immigration Bill could result in risks to public health – and add to NHS costs and stress for NHS staff.  Read more...

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“Suppressed” immigration report may be published before European elections (4 April 2014)

A suppressed government report – which suggests that migrants to the UK have less impact on the jobs market than some sources claim – may be published before the European Parliament elections on 22 May.  Read more...

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Migrants killed trying to reach Britain from Calais (2 April 2014)

Desperate migrants are risking their lives to reach the UK by trying to stow away on – or even under – moving lorries about to cross the Channel from Calais to Dover.  Read more...

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Student must be deported to Mauritius, says Immigration Minister (2 April 2014)

The student at the centre of the Home Office debacle over her deportation to Mauritius has learned that she will be sent back to her home country after all.  Read more...

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Investigation into death of woman at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre (31 March 2014)

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 40-year-old woman detained at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre in Bedfordshire on Sunday (30/03/14).
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Last minute reprieve for teenager due to be deported (31 March 2014)

A 19-year-old student due to be deported back to Mauritius on Sunday (30/03/14) was told at the last minute that she would not be leaving the UK on a flight that day.  Read more...

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Immigration fraud gang arrested over supplying fake IDs to migrants (31 March 2014)

Police have smashed a gang selling fake IDs to migrants in hiding in the UK, after the Sunday Mirror conducted an undercover investigation.  Read more...

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Syrian refugees to qualify for legal aid (28 March 2014)

It has been revealed by the Ministry of Justice that refugees who come to the UK to flee the conflict in Syria will be eligible for legal aid because of a number of exemptions regarding the residence test.  Read more...

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Lincolnshire’s migrant workers “putting health at risk by adopting local lifestyle choices” (26 March 2014)

Lincolnshire’s director of public health Dr Tony Hill is warning that migrant workers who arrive in the area “fit and healthy” are damaging their health by adopting the bad habits of local residents, including smoking and eating junk food.  Read more...

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Tory MP calls for end to immigration cap (26 March 2014)

Backbencher Mark Field – MP for the Cities of London and Westminster – has told the Prime Minister to stop trying to “out-UKIP UKIP”.  Read more...

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Teenager deported back to Mauritius will be separated from her family (25 March 2014)

An 18-year-old girl due to be deported back to Mauritius on Tuesday (25/03/14) will be separated from her mother and sister once she is returned to her home country.
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Government’s failure to commission data “resulted in public fears” over immigration (25 March 2014)

A report by the Home Affairs Select Committee has found that fears over immigration from Bulgaria and Romania when border restrictions on the two countries were lifted on 1 January were fuelled as a result of government shortcomings - including a failure on the part of the government to commission estimates of how many migrants might arrive in the UK after the border restrictions were lifted.  Read more...

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EU “plans to take UK to court” over limiting access to benefits (24 March 2014)

The European Commission is planning to take the British government to court over plans to limit access to welfare benefits for EU migrants in the UK.  Read more...

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G4S guards charged over death of Mubenga (21 March 2014)

G4S guards are to be prosecuted over the death of deportee Jimmy Mubenga, more than four years after the incident at Heathrow Airport.  Read more...

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Liverpool asylum seekers “living in squalor” and subjected to racial abuse (18 March 2014)

New figures from the National Audit Office (NAO) have revealed that many asylum seekers in Liverpool are housed in accommodation which is “damp and dangerous”.  Read more...

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Procedural irregularity for support provided to asylum seekers (17 March 2014)

Whilst many articles may claim that asylum seekers lead a cushy life upon their arrival in the United Kingdom claiming benefits, being provided free accommodation and not having to work to earn a living, in reality it can be an incredibly tough life.  Read more...

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UK to tackle plight of Syria’s refugee girls forced into marriage to escape sexual violence (17 March 2014)

Downing Street has announced that Davis Cameron is to host a Girls’ Summit to tackle the issue of the increasing number of girls under the age of 16 from Syrian families, who are forced to marry because their parents are refugees and are living in extreme poverty.  Read more...

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British woman’s husband denied Family Leave to Remain because of cancer treatment cost (12 March 2014)

The American husband of a British woman was deported by the Home Office because his cancer diagnosis has made him a burden on the British taxpayer.  Read more...

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Students lose legal battle (11 March 2014)

Students fighting against their university’s decision to remove them from their courses have lost their battle in the High Court in London.   Read more...

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Concern raised over plans to give terror suspects ‘stateless’ status (11 March 2014)

Members of Parliament have voiced their concern over the plans from Theresa May to make naturalised British citizens stateless if their behaviour is against national interest.   Read more...

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Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme “will prevent costly immigration cases” (11 March 2014)

A scheme to repatriate immigrants who arrive in Greece is likely to help 1,300 migrants return to their home countries – at a cost of £2 million to the British taxpayer.  Read more...

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LibDdems call for wealthy grandparents of migrants to be allowed into UK (10 March 2014)

The Liberal Democrats are calling for the grandparents of migrants to be allowed into the UK with their children and grandchildren.  Read more...

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Migrant entrepreneurs make substantial economic contribution says report (7 March 2014)

Migrants are driving entrepreneurial spirit in the United Kingdom, according to a new major study showing workers that have arrived from abroad are twice as likely to set up their own businesses compared to UK-born individuals.  Read more...

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Government urged to publish report suggesting British workforce is not losing out to migrant workers (5 March 2014)

The government is being accused of withholding a report which shows that the number of British-born workers “displaced” by workers from other countries is not as high as some people may believe.  Read more...

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Number of children trafficked into UK almost doubles (5 March 2014)

The number of children being trafficked into the UK in the last year has risen by 47%, according to figures released by the National Crime Agency under the National Referral Mechanism. A total of 1,746 people were referred as victims of trafficking, the figures show.  Read more...

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Think thank says amnesty for illegal immigrants would boost economy (3 March 2014)

A think tank supported by Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is calling for illegal immigrants to be awarded full citizenship.  Read more...

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Refugees wrongly convicted (28 February 2014)

The Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention) allow for individuals to seek international protection on the basis of race, nationality, imputed political opinion, religion and membership of a particular social group.   Read more...

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UK visas for sale to highest bidders (28 February 2014)

Government immigration advisers are suggesting that wealthy people should be encouraged to bid for Tier 1 visas if they want to live in the UK.   Read more...

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Net migration rises in 2013 – but number of JSA claimants falls in January (28 February 2014)

New immigration figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released on Thursday (27/02/14) show that immigration from the EU to Britain has increased, despite the government’s pledge to reduce net migration to “ten of thousands”.  Read more...

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Minister admits net migration target may have caused 25% fall in students from India (26 February 2014)

The Conservative Party’s science minister David Willetts has admitted that the British government’s pledge to reduce net migration to tens of thousands may have had an adverse impact on students from India applying to study in the UK.  Read more...

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UKIP’s housing spokesman supports social housing for migrants on benefits (24 February 2014)

It has been revealed that UKIP’s spokesman for housing – buy-to-let millionaire Andrew Charalambous – profited from tenants receiving housing benefit and including migrants, to the tune of £745,351 last year.  Read more...

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Farmers warn that Britain needs migrant workers (24 February 2014)

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has warned that without migrant workers, British farmers would be unable to staff their harvests.  Read more...

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Home Office deploys anti-trafficking teams at UK airports (24 February 2014)

The Home Office has announced that specialist anti-slavery units are to be deployed at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports – as well as other major airports round the UK – to tackle the problem of people trafficking.  Read more...

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Brussels calls government’s benefits income threshold “illegal” (21 February 2014)

The EU has criticised the UK government’s plans to introduce a threshold minimum income before migrants can claim benefits – calling it “illegal”.  Read more...

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UK launches £2m scheme in Greece to help repatriate migrants (20 February 2014)

The British government has launched a £2 million scheme to help migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East return to their home countries from Greece.
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Benefits income threshold for migrant workers announced (19 February 2014)

The government has announced a minimum income threshold before migrants become eligible for UK benefits, in a bid to allay fears among some sectors of the British public over “benefit tourism”.  Read more...

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Hobbycraft bans migrant employees from speaking own language in warehouse (17 February 2014)

Workers at the distribution centre of arts and crafts retailer Hobbycraft have been banned from speaking any other language apart from English – or face being sacked.
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Immigration minister resigns over hiring illegal worker (10 February 2014)

Conservative Immigration Minister Mark Harper has resigned after it was revealed he had hired a cleaner who did not have the right to work in the UK.  Read more...

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Norovirus on the menu at Blumenthal’s London diner (4 February 2014)

An American couple spent an uncomfortable flight home to the US after they contracted Norovirus at celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s London restaurant.  Read more...

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Leading inventor says immigration red tape is stifling Britain’s engineering future (4 February 2014)

Inventor Sir James Dyson has said that immigration rules are “killing” engineering in the UK.  Read more...

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Hard working asylum seekers outperform local care leavers (31 January 2014)

Last week Peter Richardson discussed on OurKingdom how certain parts of the British press deliberately poison minds against asylum seekers.   Read more...

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Tory rebel Amendment to Immigration Bill defeated (31 January 2014)

MPs have rejected an Amendment to the Immigration Bill which would have prevented foreign convicted criminals of using Human Rights legislation to remain in the UK.  Read more...

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Immigration row between PM and Tory MPs imminent (29 January 2014)

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to confront Tory MPs, led by rebel Nigel Mills, over work restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians who come to Britain.
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Home Secretary to confirm that the UK is accepting Syrian refugees (29 January 2014)

Britain is to take in Syrian refuges after the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg reportedly struck a deal with Prime Minister David Cameron.  Read more...

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Immigration boost to NHS staffing levels (29 January 2014)

Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that one in 10 NHS employees come from overseas – with more than 200 nationalities contributing to Britain’s healthcare system.
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Migrant workers critical to NHS continuity say experts (29 January 2014)

Migrant workers are vital to the continuity of the NHS and a reduction in their numbers would leave the healthcare system ^short-staffed^, according to new statistics and analysis by experts.
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Reasonable immigration levels from Bulgaria and Romania, says David Cameron (28 January 2014)

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that immigration from Bulgaria and Romania has proved to be “reasonable” – although no figures have been given as to how many migrants from those countries have arrived since 1 January.  Read more...

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Home Office “unfairly targeting” traumatised asylum seekers for deportation (27 January 2014)

The charity Asylum Link Merseyside has said refugees suffering from mental health conditions are being unfairly targeted by the Home Office to be returned to their home countries.  Read more...

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UK planning to accept vulnerable Syrian refugees, says Hague (27 January 2014)

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the UK is considering taking in some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria.  Read more...

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Romanian migration to UK in January estimated at just two dozen (24 January 2014)

The Romanian Ambassador in London has said that despite fears that the UK would experience mass immigration from Bulgaria and Romania after border restrictions on the countries were lifted on 1 January, only two dozen new migrants from Romania have arrived in January.
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Conservatives to strip non-English speakers of benefits (20 January 2014)

The Conservatives are reportedly considering making benefits inaccessible to migrants who cannot speak English. It is also reported that printing welfare benefits leaflets in foreign languages may also be scrapped.
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EU will block UK attempts to restrict free movement (20 January 2014)

The EU has said that the UK will not be allowed to “unpick EU treaties” and rewrite one of the EU’s fundamental principles of freedom of movement between member states.
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Experts inundate government with positive immigration evidence (16 January 2014)

According to officials, the prime minister has ^indefinitely^ shelved a report that features overwhelming evidence about the benefits of immigration to the UK economy because it failed to fit his agenda regarding EU migration cuts.  Read more...

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Gang convicted of human trafficking offences (15 January 2014)

A gang responsible for trafficking 50 women into the UK to work as prostitutes has been convicted of conspiring to traffic people into the UK for sexual exploitation.  Read more...

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Cutting immigration “would damage UK’s economic forecast” (14 January 2014)

The Treasury has been warned that immigration cuts will add to the UK deficit because migrants tend to be of working age and contributing to the economy through paying tax.  Read more...

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No Redditch alert over new migrants, says council (14 January 2014)

Local councillors in the West Midlands have called reports that the Midlands will be deluged with new migrants “scaremongering”.  Read more...

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Labour minister says workers not jobseekers should come to the UK (13 January 2014)

The first suggestion that a Labour government might move to restrict freedom of movement for workers in the EU has come from Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who told an audience on BBC1’s “Question Time” programme on Thursday (09/01/14) that freedom of movement across the EU should not apply to those seeking a job – but to those who have one.  Read more...

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Convicted drug dealer wins appeal to stay in UK to protect his right to a family life (9 January 2014)

A convicted drug dealer from Jamaica has won the right to stay in Britain using the Human Rights Act to fight his case, the Mail online reports.  Read more...

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Lords agree immigration is good for Britain (9 January 2014)

Conservative Home Office Minister Earl Atlee has said that the government is “very happy” with immigration from the EU – and added that “hard working Romanian and Bulgarians” would pay more tax and claim fewer benefits than previous generations of migrants.  Read more...

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Missing girl devastated at asylum seeker status which barred her from university (8 January 2014)

A girl who went missing from her family’s home in South Wales after going outside to put out the rubbish was apparently devastated because her family’s asylum seeker status in the UK barred her from applying to study at a British university.  Read more...

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Polish Prime Minister to speak to Cameron about benefits remarks directed towards Polish nationals in UK (8 January 2014)

The Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said he will speak to Prime Minister David Cameron about comments he made about the UK sending welfare benefits to Poland.  Read more...

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Migrant children improving school results says minister (8 January 2014)

According to education minster Liz Truss, children of migrants have had a positive impact on English schools and help to improve results at all age levels.  Read more...

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Belgian MPs make a case for more EU workers and students in the UK (7 January 2014)

The Belgian House of Representatives has told an inquiry at the House of Lords that the UK should welcome more migrants.  Read more...

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Labour election pledge to close migrant low pay loophole (6 January 2014)

Labour leader David Miliband has responded to recent concerns raise by his own Shadow Cabinet over migrant workers pushing down wages in the UK by pledging that he will act on low pay for migrants if Labour wins the next General Election  Read more...

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Romanian ambassador likens UK’s airport “vigil” for new migrants to “Waiting for Godot” (6 January 2014)

The Romania ambassador to Britain, Ion Jinga, has mocked the deputation of MPs and reporters who waited to greet new migrants from Bulgaria and Romania at Luton Airport on New Year’s Day.  Read more...

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Teachers’ school injury compensation payouts continue to rise (2 January 2014)

New data from teaching union the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has shown that in the last year teachers in Scotland have been awarded £300,000 in compensation for physical assaults personal injury (PI) claims, after being attacked by pupils.  Read more...

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New Year’s Day “deluge” of new migrants from Eastern Europe fails to materialise (2 January 2014)

Chairman of the Commons Select Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz – Labour MP for Leicester East – has dismissed the furore over immigration from Bulgaria and Romania as a “sideshow”.  Read more...

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EU passport scheme helps non EU nationals work in the UK (2 January 2014)

Workers from countries not currently members of the EU are obtaining Bulgarian and Hungarian passports which enable them to access job markets in EU member states, including the UK.  Read more...


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