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An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
Thousands of non-EU migrants will have to provide criminal record certificates before they are allowed to work in the UK under new rules. Overseas nurses and teachers are among those who will be required to hand over the details as part of efforts to strengthen restrictions on foreign offenders seeking…
A new immigration charge could cost the NHS millions of pounds and make staff shortages worse, leading healthcare professionals have warned. The health service should be exempt from paying the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) when recruiting doctors and nurses from overseas, the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal College of…
Four men have been held at an immigration removal centre for more than two years as it emerged the average length of detention there has increased, inspectors found. A report revealed detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre near Gatwick Airport had seen their average length of detention increase from…
The Government must address a "big gap" between its position on the Dubs child refugee scheme and evidence submitted by local councils and campaigners, MPs say. Ministers faced a storm of criticism earlier this year after announcing that the programme would close after 350 lone youngsters are brought to Britain…
Ministers are closing a resettlement scheme for child refugees because they fear it is acting as a magnet and luring vulnerable youngsters to a "watery grave". The Government has faced a fierce backlash over its decision to close the Dubs scheme after 350 children have been brought to the UK…
Britain and the US have been accused of showing an "appalling lack of leadership" over the international refugee crisis. Amnesty International claimed the UK Government has shirked its duty in relation to the emergency, pushing thousands of vulnerable people into the hands of people smugglers. It attacked the closure of…
The plight of refugees arriving on the Greek Island of Samos will be told through first-hand experience in the latest distinguished lecture delivered by the Department of Social Work, Care and Justice. Chris Jones, former Professor of Social Work at the University of Liverpool, and now a resident of Samos,…
Britain needs to recruit and train 1.6 million low-skilled health and social care workers up to 2022, more than any other job in the country, as part of a post-Brexit action plan for the sector, a think tank has said. The IPPR said around 55,000 social care workers are EU…
Mental health support for people held at immigration removal centres is "patchy", experts have warned. A report said many detainees have been through traumatic events and they all face an uncertain future. While some centres are providing good care for detainees, others are leaving people feeling as though they are…
The Home Office has extended its contract with G4S and Serco to provide asylum seekers with accommodation - despite controversy that some people were marked out by having their doors painted red. Earlier this year, G4S had to repaint the doors of the asylum seekers it housed in Middlesbrough and…
Small charities and faith-based groups are struggling to meet the needs of rising numbers of destitute migrant children and families, according to a report. The organisations are stepping in to provide housing, food and clothing, the study said. But it warned that the voluntary sector faces a lack of capacity…
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