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The head of civil rights group Liberty has accused the Government of deliberately fostering a hostile environment for immigrants which has helped fuel a spike in hate crime after the Brexit vote. Martha Spurrier, who has taken over the high-profile role as director of Liberty from Shami Chakrabarti, suggested Prime…
Thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions or are vulnerable to smuggling gangs after being let down by European countries including the UK, a report has warned. Youngsters face a culture of disbelief and suspicion, while authorities try to avoid taking responsibility for their care and protection,…
Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The weeks and months of highly spirited and at times rancorous political campaigning have shown just how deep the fissures that run through Britain really are. And the ultimate dividing line, the defining issue of the referendum, was not the economy, but…
A peer who fled the Nazis has warned child refugees promised sanctuary in Britain under a scheme announced in May are still risking their lives hiding in lorries because ministers are dragging their feet implementing the pledge. In a major policy U-Turn, the Prime Minister announced Britain would take in…
Ulster University psychologists have secured €1 million to train a new generation of researchers to work with multiple trauma exposed populations in Europe. The funding is part of an overall €3.3 million award made by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 scheme to a number of academics and practitioners from world-leading…
"Forgotten" refugees are being left hungry and homeless in England, a new report claims. They are being virtually abandoned by the government which has committed to protect them, according to campaigners. The Refugee Council explored the experience of newly recognised refugees within the first year of being granted asylum. When…
Overseas visitors and migrants face a tough clampdown on accessing NHS care, with more powers for hospitals to recover costs. The new NHS (Overseas Visitors Charging) Bill, which is to be published before the Parliamentary summer recess, will tighten up the rules around eligibility for free NHS care. It means…
The Government has killed off an attempt by peers to make Britain offer sanctuary to 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe despite concern from Tory backbenchers. Suggestions that Tory rebels could force a Government defeat alongside Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, were allayed as MPs voted 294 to…
The Government has paid more than £4 million in compensation to people held unlawfully in immigration detention centres in 2014-15. A Freedom of Information request by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme found that £4-5m was paid out in each of the previous three years as well, totalling £18m. About 30,000…
The Government is turning a "blind eye" on the "world's poorest and most vulnerable" by failing to provide an "adequate response" to the European migrant crisis, according to a group of aid agencies. In a damning report, 13 aid and refugee agencies accuse Britain and other EU member states of…
The Children's Commissioner for England has called on authorities in France to speed up processing scores of lone child asylum seekers who may be eligible to come to the UK. Anne Longfield has written to the French government asking for urgent action to be taken in relation to an estimated…
Mark Rylance, Jude Law and Paloma Faith are among more than 90 stars calling on David Cameron to step up the Government's commitment to reuniting refugees stranded across Europe with their families in the UK. The plea, issued in an open letter signed by leading figures from the arts and…
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