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Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has lifted the barrier for 260 child refugees to come to the UK.Ms Nokes made the announcement that she was removing the cut-off date criterion from applications for the most vulnerable unaccompanied children to seek sanctuary in a written ministerial statement.The move means the stalled plan…
Councils may pull out of a scheme for housing asylum seekers after carrying a "disproportionate share" of the costs and pressures, a Commons report has warned.MPs claimed local authorities have "lost confidence" in the system, with some weighing up whether to cease participating.If their support was lost, the Government would…
Indefinite detention of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants "should put us to shame", a Labour MP has said.Tulip Siddiq (pictured) told MPs that detaining people indefinitely was a "blight on their human rights of freedom".The MP for Hampstead and Kilburn called on the Government to "act now" and make provision…
Ministers have revealed 49 people deported to Commonwealth countries have not been contacted by the Windrush task force, leading MPs to claim the Home Office "hasn't learned anything" from the scandal.The 49, who had been held in UK detention centres, were flown to Ghana and Nigeria between March and September…
The number of people held in immigration detention has fallen to the lowest level since comparable records started nearly a decade ago, Government figures show.There were 2,049 detainees at the end of September, a 41% drop compared with the same date 12 months earlier.A Home Office report said the fall…
A failed asylum seeker who is facing expulsion from Britain even though a family court judge has decided that her nine-year-old daughter could be subjected to female genital mutilation if taken abroad is waiting for a senior judge to make decisions about her future.Detail of the case emerged recently following…
Thousands of child refugees should be allowed into Britain to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport rescue scheme, peers have been told.Labour's Lord Dubs said 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be given a home at the rate of 1,000 a year.The peer, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport…
More than two-fifths of the accommodation for asylum seekers in England and Wales is not fit for purpose, a report has found.The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) said that in the 22 months to January 31 this year, only a quarter (24%) of 8,313 properties inspected were…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is considering his response after a High Court judge declared a decision to cut state cash support to potential victims of human trafficking unlawful.Weekly payouts were cut from £65 to £37.75 in March, a month before Mr Javid took charge at the Home Office.A teenage asylum…
A charity has scored a partial victory in the Court of Appeal against the Home Office over its handling of unaccompanied child refugees. Following a challenge by Help Refugees, senior judges ruled that a number of child asylum seekers assessed for transfer to the UK under an amendment moved by…
Syrian refugee children who use services on both sides of the Irish border could fall victim to a no-deal Brexit, a charity has warned. Youngsters from outside the European Union (EU) or UK and suffering from severe trauma, abuse or substance abuse are cared for at residential homes on an…
A former minister who arrived in the UK having fled from the Nazis has suggested a further 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be welcomed to the UK. Lord Dubs, who escaped on a Kindertransport from Prague in the summer of 1939 when he was just six years old, urged a…
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