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Actor David Morrissey says the Syrian refugee resettlement programme "provides a lifeline" for people to rebuild their lives. The star, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), visited Lebanon, host to more then one million displaced Syrians, to see firsthand how the process…
Women who have survived rape and violence before coming to Britain are still routinely held in immigration detention, according to a new report. Campaigners say female asylum seekers are being locked up despite the introduction last year of official guidance which was expected to reduce the number of vulnerable people…
Hundreds of refugees and migrants are believed to be in Calais and the surrounding area, a year after the Jungle camp was razed. It is thought between 700 and 800 are gathered in France's northern port town, which continues to act as a magnet to those hoping to start a…
Foreign nurses applying to work in the UK will be able to demonstrate their ability to speak English using an additional test, the nursing regulator has announced. The move may boost the number of nurses who come to work in Britain. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said it will…
Former detainees and a charity have won a challenge against a Government policy change on torture said to have led to asylum seekers fleeing persecution being wrongly detained in UK immigration centres. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled in their favour on Tuesday after hearing accusations that individuals were locked up during…
The number of lone asylum-seeking children in the care of councils in England has more than doubled in three years. Official statistics show local authorities were looking after 4,560 unaccompanied minors at the end of March 2017. The figure was up by 6% year-on-year and 121% on 2014, when it…
A graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who who fled Afghanistan alone at the age of 16 has been crowned ‘outstanding individual learner’ at this year’s Festival of Learning awards. Habib Rezaie has received the award for his exceptional achievement in adult learning which included volunteering to care for…
An investigation has been launched after a Chinese man was found dead at an immigration detention centre. The body of the man was discovered at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, on Tuesday. Officers from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will now begin investigating the circumstances surrounding his…
Accusations of abuse at a G4S-run immigration centre are being probed by MPs on Thursday. The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee will hear evidence from senior figures at the security firm after claims of "incompetence and chaos" at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick Airport, in West Sussex.…
A mother-of-four who attempted to smuggle 12 Vietnamese migrants into Britain broke down in court as she was jailed alongside her former boyfriend. Katy Bethel and Aaron Harris, both 28, were stopped on July 4 2015 at the Eurotunnel check-in at Coquelles, near Calais, as they tried to re-enter the…
Leaked Government proposals to force a post-Brexit cut in the number of low-skilled migrants to Britain have been branded "morally bankrupt" by Scotland's First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon warned the "dreadful" policies could see families broken up, while restrictions on people coming into the UK would be economically "devastating" for Scotland,…
Secret footage shows a detainee being choked at a privately-run immigration removal centre, it is claimed. The incident forms part of an alleged culture of abuse captured by undercover filming at the Brook House facility near Gatwick Airport. G4S, which runs the centre, confirmed last week that it had suspended…