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The UK should double the amount of refugees it takes in under resettlement programmes, the United Nations has urged. A senior official at the UN's refugee agency said accepting around 10,000 refugees a year would be a "step change" for the UK. Volker Turk, assistant commissioner at the UN High…
The Scottish and Welsh governments have written to the UK Immigration Minister raising concerns about the treatment of unaccompanied child refugees. Scottish Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, and her Welsh counterpart Carl Sargeant have sent a joint letter to Brandon Lewis which criticises "lack of planning…
Unaccompanied child refugees entitled to come to the UK are still "wandering around France", ministers in the Lords have been told. Liberal Democrat Baroness Sheehan said the "chaotic" demolition of the Jungle camp in Calais had led to the dispersal of hundreds of unaccompanied minors to centres around France. She…
Theresa May's offer on residency rights for EU citizens following Brexit is "a first step, but not sufficient", the president of the European Commission has said. Jean-Claude Juncker's comment came shortly after the Prime Minister accepted that her proposals, which envisage a new "settled status" for EU nationals, will be…
Firms are being urged to step up their preparations for Brexit after a new study found that employers are "totally unprepared" for a fall in migration once Britain leaves the EU. A survey of 500 business leaders by the Resolution Foundation showed a huge gap between the kind of immigration…
The Tory manifesto will keep the commitment to reducing net migration the "tens of thousands", with Theresa May setting out a series of measures aimed at getting the numbers down. The manifesto will double the charge levied on firms employing migrants, and increase the amount paid by migrant workers and…
Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
More than 60,000 lone children applied for asylum in EU countries last year, new figures show. The bloc's member states registered a total of 63,290 unaccompanied minors seeking international protection in 2016 - equivalent to 173 every day. This was a fall of a third compared with the 96,465 in…
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