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Asylum seekers were subjected to excessive use of restraints after escort staff were given "dire" warnings about the potential for disruption on a removal flight, an inspection report found. HM Inspectorate of Prisons said it had "serious concerns" after observing an operation to transport detainees to three European countries in…
Immigration policy should be devolved to UK nations and regions after Brexit to cater for different labour needs, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking in London, she hit out at Theresa May's government for a "frustrating" lack of openness to the idea. She said it was time to…
Austerity and immigration policies imposed by the Government have made the UK a more racist country, a UN inspector has said.Tendayi Achiume, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Racism, criticised the Government's adoption of "sweeping austerity measures" since 2010, which have "disproportionately" affected ethnic minorities.Ms Achiume's preliminary findings, which included criticism…
Victims of the Windrush scandal are being invited to submit details of their ordeals as the Government draws up a compensation scheme for those affected.The Home Office launched a month-long "call for evidence" to inform its development of a system to provide redress for people who experienced financial losses because…
Migration officials have had their power to check NHS records in immigration cases reined in.Digital Minister Margot James told MPs that a previous memorandum of understanding between the Home Office and Department of Health had been narrowed so that records could now only be shared in cases "involving serious criminality".The…
Renewing a G4S contract to manage an immigration centre "is not commensurate with a humane system of dealing with migrants" the public wants after the Windrush scandal, Diane Abbott has said. The shadow home secretary said it was "a scandal" the firm's contract to run Brook House, where the BBC's…
Only 53 refugees were brought to Britain in the first 14 months of a flagship community sponsorship scheme, an inspection report reveals. The initiative was introduced by the Government in July 2016 to allow churches, charities, faith groups and businesses to take on the role of supporting people arriving through…
Vulnerable women are so afraid of being deported they are not reporting violent and sexual abuse to police or seeking protection, a new report warns. The Government's hostile environment policy, which recently came under fire over the Windrush scandal, is placing immigration enforcement above concerns over women's safety, according to…
Victims of the Windrush injustice received a personal apology from an immigration minister as they visited Parliament for the first time since the scandal forced the home secretary to resign. Speaking at a cross-party meeting, Caroline Nokes acknowledged that the treatment of people with West Indian heritage was an "appalling…
Promises made to people caught up in the Windrush scandal must be guaranteed in law as a matter of urgency, David Lammy has said in an impassioned speech to MPs. The Labour MP, who appeared to become emotional as he spoke, accused the Government of trying to distract from the…
Sajid Javid vowed to make sure people caught up in the Windrush fiasco are treated with "decency and fairness" as he arrived at the Home Office to take up his new job. Appointed Home Secretary after Amber Rudd quit following a turbulent week, Mr Javid said he would be looking…
Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary amid claims she misled Parliament over targets for removing illegal migrants. Ms Rudd telephoned Theresa May to tell her of the decision amid intensifying opposition demands for her to quit. A No 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has tonight accepted the resignation…
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