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deport migrants and failed asylum seekers

The Guardian: Home Office making secret payments to obtain travel documents from embassies 22 May 2014 EIN The Guardian reported yesterday that the Home Office is making "secret" payments to embassies to obtain travel documents in order to deport migrants and failed asylum seekers. According to the Guardian, diplomatic sources from embassies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East said the Home Office offered money in return for providing travel documents as quickly as possible. The payments do not appear in the Home Office's annual report. One African diplomatic source told the Guardian: "I know that some embassies do accept payments from the Home Office for providing travel documents, but we do not because we consider it to be improper to take money for this. Sometimes it takes us a long time to check out whether someone the Home Office wants to remove is actually from my country." A Home Office spokesman told the Guardian: "We work closely with embassies from a wide range of countries to obtain travel documents to assist removal." According to the Guardian, the Home Office said it would not make more than a three-figure payment for travel documents, though some diplomats said they had been offered...

Net uk immigration rising

Theresa May says she still has the target of cutting net uk migration to below 100,000, but admitted it had become "more difficult". The home secretary refused to admit the target would not be met by the 2015 election, even though the latest figures showed 212,000 more people moved to live in the UK than left. She admitted "heated" coalition discussions over immigration measures. And she outlined plans to act to cut down on immigration from within the EU. Mrs May was speaking as the UK's political parties await the results of the European Parliament elections, which are due after 22:00 BST on Sunday. There were two sets of elections on Thursday. The results of the local elections in England and Northern Ireland are already known. The results of the UK-wide elections to the European Parliament will be announced later. There is a Vote 2014 special on BBC One from 23:00 BST and a joint BBC Radio4/5live radio special from 22:00 BST. You can follow all the latest news, reaction and results onbbc.co.uk/vote2014 Mrs May said the coalition had "yet to get agreement" on the measures that should be introduced to reform the current system. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We haven't...

Rise in EU migration to the UK

Rise in EU immigration to the UK Official figures show a rise in the arrival of European Union citizens to the UK in the year to December 2013, but net migration remains unchanged. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics said net migration remained at 212,000, unchanged from the previous quarterly figures. Separate data shows a 7% rise in registrations of overseas workers to 603,000 in the year to March 2014. Net migration means the number of people arriving, minus those leaving. The level of net migration stands at more than twice the government's target of 100,000 a year. Statistically significant The detailed figures show that in the year to December 2013, some 201,000 EU citizens came into the UK as long-term immigrants, something officials said was a statistically significant increase of 43,000 over the previous year. Why do people come to the UK? 214,000 for work 177,000 to study 71,000 for family reasons 24,000 seeking asylum 19,000 returning home 21,000 no reason stated Estimated figures based on ONS survey data Of those, 125,000 came for work reasons, up from 95,000 the year before. However, due to changes in movements of other categories of people, the overall net...

Immigration rules changes on, March to July 2014

Changes to the immigration rules, March to July 2014 The Home Office has published two Statements of Changes to the Immigration Rules this month.  The statements announce some upcoming changes to the immigration rules for Tier 4 applicants and their dependants, and changes to some other immigration rules that can affect students. The changes which are most relevant to students are about: which nationalities need a tuberculosis (TB) test before applying for a visa how much money a Tier 4 applicant or their dependant needs to show, and the maximum deduction for accommodation fees already paid to the Tier 4 sponsor a new "acceptable" bank in Bangladesh three new "low risk" nationalities, and a change for all "low risk" nationals ATAS clearance for a Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme application changes to the visa national list a change to the work restriction for Tier 4 dependants We have summarised these changes below, and the dates when the changes will take effect.  Unless otherwise stated, the new rules affect applications made on or after the stated date. 31 March 2014:  Tuberculosis testing Algeria, Belarus, Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, Sri Lanka and Ukraine will be added to the list of countries whose nationals need to...

New VIP visa service for wealthy foreigners

Wealthy foreign business executives will get a new “VIP” visa service to speed their entry to the UK, Theresa May will announce. Ministers are creating a new visa system for global business leaders amid concerns that moves to tighten immigration rules are deterring “high-value” individuals from overseas. Around 100 wealthy foreigners will initially be invited to join a new “bespoke” visa service which the Home Office said will ensure their passage through the UK border system is “swift and smooth.” Members of the “GREAT Club” will get a personal “account manager” at the UK Visas and Immigration service to deal with their travel plans. The manager will arrange vip visa services “tailored to each individual’s needs at no extra cost”, the Home Office said. Officials declined to say who would qualify for the club, saying only that individuals in a position to make a “significant contribution” to the economy would be eligible. Mrs May, the Home Secretary, will also announce plans to extend existing priority visa services (vip visa service) to business people in more countries. Rich visitors from India and China will be able to apply for same-day visa approval, instead of waiting several days. The Home Office said that...

Miliband rules out EU referendum

In a speech to the London Business School this morning, Ed Miliband ruled out an EU referendum vote in the next Parliament – unless there’s a significant transfer of power to Brussels. Here’s the full text of the speech: It is great to be here at the London Business School. For fifty years, in the teaching you provide you have made a major contribution to helping businesses succeed across the world. And today I want to talk about an issue that I know is close to your heart: Britain’s place in the European Union. I want to set out why I believe our country’s future lies in the EU. Why the EU needs to change. What that means for the next Labour government’s position on Britain’s membership of the European Union. And our policy for our general election manifesto for the next Parliament. I want to start with events in Ukraine. In recent weeks, we have been reminded of what the European ideal means. One of the most striking sights of this year has been those pictures we have watched of young Ukrainians waving the EU flag. For them Europe is an ideal: a symbol of a better future, of...

invalidated indefinite leave to remain

Supreme Court allows Secretary of State's appeal over invalidated indefinite leave to remain 14 May 2014 EIN In a judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by the Secretary of State over whether a grant of indefinite leave to remain (ILR) which is invalidated by a deportation order would revive if the deportation order is revoked. The Court unanimously agreed that section 5 of the Immigration Act 1971 does not revive prior leave on a deportation order's revocation. For more information, see the Court's press summary below: 14 May 2014 PRESS SUMMARY R (on the application of Fitzroy George) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 28 On appeal from the Court of Appeal Civil Division [2012] EWCA Civ 1362 JUSTICES: Lord Neuberger (President), Lord Clarke, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes, Lord Toulson BACKGROUND TO THE APPEAL Mr George was born in Grenada in 1984 and came to the UK in 1995 at the age of 11. In March 2000 he was granted indefinite leave to remain ("ILR") in the UK. He has a partner whom he has known since school, with whom he has a daughter born in 2005. He and his partner...

Immigration Act-fundamental changes to how our immigration system functions.

The Immigration Bill received Royal Assent today (14 May) making way for a series of reforms which will ensure our immigration system is fairer to British citizens and legitimate migrants and tougher on those with no right to be here. The Immigration Act 2014 contains 77 clauses and makes fundamental changes to how our immigration system functions. It will limit the factors which draw illegal migrants to the UK, make it easier to remove those with no right to be here and ensure the Courts have regard to Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in immigration cases. Immigration Act Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: The Immigration Act is a landmark piece of legislation which will build on our existing reforms to ensure that our immigration system works in the national interest. We are already planning its implementation and will ensure these measures are introduced quickly and effectively. The Immigration Act will significantly enhance the way Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and UK Visas & Immigration undertake their work to secure the border, enforce the immigration rules and continue to attract the brightest and the best. Highlights...

Detention – immigration removal centres

Every year, tens of thousands of would-be immigrants to the UK are taken to detention centres while the authorities seek to deport them. What happens to them once they get there and become isolated from the outside world? Edwin Sandy is watching a football match between fellow inmates at Dover immigration removal centre in Kent, as he tells the BBC what life in detention is like. "Who's playing? There's Albanians, Sierra Leone, French, Arab, Moroccan. Very international match," he says. Dover holds about 300 people, and there is tough competition to be one of the 10 selected each day to play football. Despite the camaraderie of the game, Sandy feels isolated because so few of the other inmates have English as their mother tongue. "Every day you meet new people, people coming in and out, and different nationalities. There's a language barrier. It's like a mental asylum, it's very crazy," he says. Sandy gives his account of life inside the centre by mobile phone - reporters are not allowed on the premises. Now 35, he says he came to the UK from Sierra Leone when he was 13, but recently lost his right to remain in this country because of...

immigration – Labour’s new ‘progressive’ approach.

In a speech on immigration a year ago, I said that politicians didn’t talk enough about immigration. Twelve months on, everyone is talking (and sometimes shouting) about it. But in all the heat and the noise, it is sometimes hard to hear what’s really being said. That is why today I want to set out why Labour’s approach to immigration is a progressive one. Why it is different from a traditional conservative approach, and a free market liberal approach. I want to explain how and why Labour’s policy has changed. But why we think the Government’s approach is failing too. And I want to set out five distinct features of a Labour, progressive approach – and why it would be better and fairer for Britain: First, an open honest debate that doesn’t promote hostility but doesn’t ignore concerns. Second, action to control the unfair impact of immigration – especially on low skilled jobs and wages – so the system is fair. Third, stronger controls – especially at Britain’s borders, so we can manage the level of immigration and stop abuse. Fourth, a smart system which distinguishes between types of immigration, so we bring benefits to our economy and tackle problems. And fifth, fair rules so those...