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

How the Taliban helped build the stadiums for the Qatar World Cup

It is understood that the Qatari authorities – with the approval of the US and UN – paid members of the Taliban’s political office in Doha a monthly stipend worth thousands of pounds as part of efforts to help facilitate peace talks with the West. The visiting officials were also provided with luxury SUVs, free … 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

Migrant housed at Manston detention centre dies

Manston is designed to hold arrivals in the UK for 24 hours, but some migrants were reportedly held there for up to 32 days amid a backlog in the processing of asylum applications. The backlog has been exacerbated by an increased number of asylum applications, antiquated IT systems, high staff turn-over, and too few staff, according … 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

Migrants hurl stones at French police who slashed Channel crossing dinghies

Large groups of frustrated migrants have clashed with police near Dunkirk, after French authorities prevented them from crossing the Channel. The group, who were still wearing life jackets, hurled stones at tear gas-carrying officers after they were forced back from the beachfront on Saturday morning. French police had chased the migrants away from a beach … Read more

Ten-point migration plan to end ‘Hotel Britain’

The crackdown on hotels is one of 10 prospective measures to tackle the migrant crisis, in which a record near 40,000 men, women and children have crossed the Channel this year. The biggest surge has been among Albanians, accounting for 12,000, or nearly a third of the arrivals. Ministers plan a bespoke fast-track deportation scheme … Read more

France pledges to stop more migrant boats leaving for UK

France has resisted British appeals to allow Border Force officers to join French patrols on the beach because of concerns over sovereignty but has now agreed to a “joint control centre” where British immigration officials will be stationed. “They will be able to work more closely together with their French counterparts and will be able … Read more