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Tag Archives: border

Two people smugglers jailed

At 5am on 6 January 2016 Border Force officers at the UK inward tourist controls at the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, France stopped a British-registered car containing 2 men and a woman. Enquiries by Border Force found the vehicle’s driver, Ana-Maria Roman, and the other passenger, Skender Amati, had left...
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Priti Patel: ‘The scale and impact of immigration from Europe is even higher than previously admitted. It is out of control – and cannot be controlled as long as we stay in the EU

Responding to the publication of national insurance number registration statistics by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Employment Minister Priti Patel said: ‘These figures – which had to be dragged out of the government – show the scale and impact of immigration from the EU is even higher than previously admitted. It is out of...
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Angelina Jolie visits Syrian border

Jaber border crossing, Jordan–Along a dirt track on an unexpectedly cool and windy night on Jordan’s border with Syria, as shadows lengthened across the barren hills, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie listened to the stories of men women and children who had fled Syria just hours before. She heard stories...
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Malian refugees risk being forgotten

Mali is facing its “worst humanitarian crisis for 20 years” due to a combination of food insecurity affecting around three million people, and conflict-induced displacement in the north. The whereabouts and status of some 93,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Mali is uncertain; in addition, 113,000 refugees have fled...
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Refugees say it is becoming harder to leave

A few hundred metres from the dusty, sleepy crossing that divides Jordan and Syria, Mohammad* waits on the roadside clutching a plastic bag and his blazer. After 147 days in detention for participating in anti-government protests in his hometown of Dera’a in southern Syria, he left his wife and seven...
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Theresa May to split up UK Border Agency

Home Secretary Theresa May has said the UK Border Agency will be split in two following revelations that hundreds of thousands of people were let into the country without appropriate checks. She told MPs the UK Border Force would become a separate law-enforcement body with its own distinctive “ethos”. Mrs...
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Asylum-seekers resort to border jumping

At the Beitbridge border post between Zimbabwe and South Africa, asylum-seekers from all over the continent used to jostle with Zimbabwean migrants to gain entry into a country widely perceived as a place of freedom and safety. But since border officials began turning away or arresting so-called “third-country nationals” seeking...
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MPs ‘Shocked’ Over Border Check Failures

A “highly-troubling” lack of supervision combined with communication failures led to the UK’s border checks being relaxed too often, MPs have said. The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee said a root-and-branch reform of the way in which The Home Office and the UK Border Agency interact was needed to make...
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