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The upfront charges paid by temporary migrants to the UK to use the NHS are to double, the Government has announced. Ministers said the move would raise around £220 million a year for the health service while ensuring migrants made "fair contribution" towards its costs. The increase to the immigration…
Refugees are struggling to integrate into British life because of restrictions on bringing their relatives to the country, campaigners claim. Oxfam and the Refugee Council called on the Government to amend the rules, labelling them "unfair" and "restrictive". The organisations said many refugees are plagued by worry about loved ones…
Actress and campaigner Emma Thompson has accused the UK Government of a "death of compassion" in its treatment of refugees, insisting Britain has a duty of care towards people who are fleeing "from the jaws of death". The two time Oscar winner said offering a new home to refugees could…
Scotland has met a target to provide homes for 2,000 Syrian refugees three years ahead of schedule. The UK Government has committed to resettling 20,000 people fleeing the war-torn country through the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. Councils north of the border were to take in 10% of that number,…
Six members of G4S staff have been sacked following undercover footage showing abuse of detainees at the Brook House immigration centre, it has been revealed. The dismissals were confirmed as it was revealed that an independent inquiry commissioned by the company into events at the centre will be carried out…
Ministers have faced cross-party pressure to review the UK's immigration detention centres. Liberal Democrat former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey urged the Government to look at alternatives, while Labour's Dan Carden said minister Brandon Lewis was "completely wrong" to say Britain did not have a policy of indefinite detention. Mr…
Two-thirds of women held at a controversial immigration removal centre are later released into the community, a watchdog report reveals. Inspectors said the finding raised questions about the justification for detaining them at Yarl's Wood in the first place. The facility near Bedford houses adult women and family groups, as…
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…
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