Twice deported Albanian migrant uses child he had with British woman in effort to remain in the UK

An Albanian drug offender who was twice ordered to leave the UK tried for a third time to stay, arguing that having a family life and a child gives him the right to remain under human rights laws. Blerim Ismalaj, 30, was deported from Britain in January 2013 after being sentenced to 16 months in … Read more

Foreign students and their dependents could face curbs as net migration hits half a million

Other options could include a clamp down on students exploiting the two-year graduate visas to remain in the UK doing low-skilled work and increasing the salary threshold for skilled workers, which has not been uprated in line with inflation. Mrs Braverman said the Government remained committed to reducing migration “over time,” acknowledging the current level … Read more

UK must wean itself off migrant labour, says Keir Starmer

However, Robert Jenrick, the immigration minister, rejected the call, insisting that net migration should fall. Immigration into the UK soared in the early 2000s under Sir Tony after he declined to impose initial restrictions on migration from Eastern European countries that had just joined the EU. The decision became a point of heated political debate. … Read more

The Tories are doubling down on a failed economic model that is condemning workers to penury

‘Now and always,” said Jeremy Hunt, “the Government is on your side.” Whose side? Surely, the Chancellor must mean the usual lot: hard-working families, the strivers, the entrepreneurs, the people who get up at the crack of dawn and so on. Actually, no. This definitive declaration of whom the Autumn Statement was for and which … Read more

Major expansion of foreign visas abandoned as Rishi Sunak pledges to ‘get migration down’

Ms Truss, in the final days of her premiership, was preparing to announce what was to be dubbed “growth visas”, which aimed to deliver a marked increase in immigration. The plan triggered a heated stand-off between Ms Truss and Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, who eventually quit after leaking an email about migration policy before … Read more

Migrants hide from police in Dunkirk’s sand dunes, hoping for a chance to cross

In Gravelines, the sea remains calm, but no boats launch. Night falls and the men, women, and children waiting in the dunes lie quietly for the second evening, still patiently awaiting their chance to take to the water. Then just before sunrise, the moment arrives. Emerging from the dunes, a group half walk, half run … Read more

Illegal immigrants are not entitled to luxury hotels

Successive years of record numbers crossing the Channel have pushed our immigration system to breaking point and beyond. Last week, the Manston processing centre, created temporarily to support those we had saved at sea, surged in numbers – and calm weather in the days and weeks ahead will likely trigger yet more crossings.  Almost every … Read more

Ocean Viking: Meloni slams ‘aggressive’ France as migrant rescue ship row escalates

A charity-run ship carrying around 230 migrants rescued at sea docked at a French port on Friday after being turned away by Italy, as a war of words over their fate between the two European Union neighbours intensified. France warned Italy of “severe consequences” before the Ocean Viking arrived at the southern port of Toulon. The … Read more

The migrant crisis is an invasion – and neither party has shown the will to end it

At the end of last month, Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, said in Parliament that “the British people deserve to know which party is serious about stopping the invasion on our southern coast, and which party is not”. For her use of the word “invasion”, Mrs Braverman was execrated. Her critics were given much space, … Read more

Abuse of our asylum laws is morally indefensible

Some years ago one of my parliamentary colleagues, a Home Office minister, travelled on a bus from the immigration detention centre at Harmondsworth to Stansted airport with 43 migrants who were being removed to their home country. They had been in the UK for years, claiming to be refugees from the war in Kosovo. During … Read more