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UK vows to deport foreign criminals under slavery overhaul

Britain's government Monday enacted new measures to accelerate the deportation of foreign criminals, clamping down on some who have claimed protection under UK law as purported victims of "modern slavery". It cited the case of one convicted rapist who appealed against a decision by the Home Office (interior ministry) to…

Photo artist puts focus on Asian female identity and heritage

IN HER quest to carve a space for Asians in UK’s art world, photographic artist Arpita Shah hopes to elicit and celebrate the country’s multicultural history, with a focus on south Asian female identity. Commissioned by Birmingham-based arts organisation GRAIN Projects and funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City…

UK says 200 asylum-seeking children missing, some aged under 16

Two hundred asylum-seeking children, including some aged under 16, are missing from temporary hotel accommodation in Britain, the government said on Tuesday, raising new questions over ministers' handling of migrant arrivals. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government is under pressure on two fronts over immigration: from those who say he is…

Yorkshire mum tracked down sexual predator who assaulted daughter

A perv who sexually assaulted a teenager has been jailed for one year at Hull Magistrates Court on December 1. Mahmood Noor Ibrahim, 39, was tracked down by the victim's mother soon after the incident, reported Birmingham Mail. He will also be registered as a sex offender for 10 years…

Why making migrants feel welcome matters

DOWNING STREET had a make-over last week. There were hanging lanterns in the staircases alongside the portraits of former prime ministers. Cherry blossom and auspicious orchids decorated the reception rooms. Rishi Sunak was celebrating Lunar New Year, noting that the year of the rabbit’s traditional association with peace and prosperity…

London court allows appeal over UK’s Rwanda migrant plan

London’s High Court on Monday granted permission to a group of asylum seekers to appeal against a ruling that Britain’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda is lawful. Judges Clive Lewis and Jonathan Swift allowed a bid to take a legal challenge over Britain’s policy to the Court of Appeal.…

Tale of two speeches

TWO years is a long time in politics, but only a short time in government. That challenge of political pace-making presented different dilemmas to Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer, as the prime minister and Labour leader, respectively, gave keynote speeches last week to kickstart the penultimate year of this…

Biden administration proposes massive hike in immigration fees including H-1B…

The Biden administration has proposed a massive hike in immigration fees, including the much sought-after H-1B visas for high-skilled foreign workers which is very popular among Indian tech professionals. Under the proposed rule, published by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Wednesday (4), the application for the H-1B…

Lanka’s ousted president Gotabaya applies for US citizenship restoration: report

Sri Lanka's ousted president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled the country in July last year and then returned after nearly two months, has applied for restoration of his US citizenship after he failed to get asylum in any country, according to a media report. However, the US government is yet to…

UK’s problems won’t go away in 2023, warns Sunak in…

Rishi Sunak struck a cautious note with his first New Year message as British Prime Minister on Saturday (31) as he warned that the UK’s problems won’t go away in 2023, at the end of an “tough” 12 months. The 42-year-old Indian-origin leader, who took charge as the UK’s Prime…

UK Border Force official, who arrived 20 years ago, arrested…

A UK Border Force official was arrested after concerns were raised over the legal status of the official who arrived the UK 20 years ago. The Home Office suspended the official who is believed to be in his late 30s, according to reports. He arrived the country from the Balkans…

Migrants dropped off outside US VP’s home in freezing weather,…

The White House on Monday accused Texas Governor Greg Abbott of endangering lives after busloads of migrants from the southwest border in Texas were dropped near Vice President Kamala Harris' home in Washington, D.C., on a cold Christmas Eve. The Republican Abbott, a vocal critic of Biden administration immigration policies,…

Weekly subsistence allowance for asylum seekers to be hiked by…

Asylum seekers in the UK are set to get a 10 per cent jump in their subsistence allowance to compensate for high inflation after the high court in London admonished Home Secretary Suella Braverman for failing to fulfil her obligations. The increase will mean asylum seekers will get £45 a…

Leicester’s bishop calls for ‘robust strategies’ to support migrant integration…

Leicester’s bishop Martyn Snow said the recent unrest in the East Midlands city demonstrated the need for “robust strategies” to support migrant integration. In his first address to the House of Lords during a debate on Britain’s asylum and refugee policy, he said it was “naive” to assume that “cohesive…

Sunak ‘as angry as anyone else’ about migrant crisis and…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has said he is “determined” to tackle the migrant crisis which is eating into the UK’s taxpayers’ money.As the number of migrants and asylum seekers illegally crossing the English Channel in small boats has already reached record levels, the government’s policy to deport them to Rwanda…

UK’s Rwanda deportation plan is lawful, court rules

Britain’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda is lawful, London’s High Court ruled on Monday but upheld eight asylum seekers' individual legal challenges. The policy, which was announced in April, would involve Britain sending tens of thousands of migrants who arrive on its shores more than 4,000 miles away (6,4000…

Suella Braverman vows action after ‘terrible tragedy’ of migrant deaths

Britain's Home Secretary Suella Braverman on Wednesday pledged to work hard to destroy the business model of "people smugglers" after the deaths of four migrants attempting to cross the English Channel to reach the UK border illegally in a small boat. As a major search and rescue operation was mounted,…

‘Enough is enough’: Sunak announces crackdown on illegal immigration

Britain on Tuesday (13) said it planned to bring in new legislation to prevent migrants who cross the English Channel from remaining in the country, as the government tries to control a surge in people arriving in small boats on its southern coast. The number of people arriving in England…

2022: A year of ‘sugar rush’ politics

2022 was a year when decades happened. The year of three Prime Ministers and a Royal funeral, war in Europe and recession at home could fill many pages in the future history books. Boris Johnson was sure he could survive the pressure over rule-breaking in Downing Street. For six months,…

Head of Kurdish people-smuggling gang sentenced to 8 years’ jail

The convicted ringleader of a "large-scale" Kurdish people-smuggling gang, who is currently on the run, was on Friday sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison, Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said. Tarik Namik, 45, of Oldham near Manchester, northwest England, headed a "sophisticated, lucrative criminal enterprise" bringing Kurdish migrants…

Only four Afghans brought to UK since Taliban took over…

Only four people who left Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the country have been resettled in the UK, official figures revealed amid the criticism of London’s “cold shoulder” to Afghans who “served British interests”. The government attributed the low number to challenges it faced in ensuring safe passage…

UN criticises ‘factual errors’ in asylum report backed by Suella…

The United Nations refugee agency has criticised a centre-right think tank’s hardline report supported by Home Secretary Suella Braverman that proposed permanent detention of asylum seekers entering the UK illegally. The Centre for Policy Studies paper with the home secretary’s foreword called for barring migrants arriving in Britain illegally from…

Suella Braverman backs tough policy to tackle illegal migrants

Home secretary Suella Braverman has said the UK will bring operational and legislative changes to stop illegal migrants from abusing the asylum system.“We are finalising our plan”, she said without specifics in her foreword to a Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) report which proposes “indefinite detention” of all asylum seekers…

Ethnic minorities of Belfast face racism, isolation: Research

Many ethnic minority residents of Belfast including Asians have continued to experience “racism, isolation and poverty” impacting their social and personal life, new research has revealed. Researchers, who interviewed more than 100 people from black, Asian, minority ethnic and Traveller communities, found there were inequalities across education, work and access…

Neil Basu terms Braverman’s comment on migrants ‘horrific’

Britain’s former counter-terrorism head Neil Basu has criticised home secretary Suella Braverman’s “inexplicable” and “horrific” comments on migrants, drawing a parallel between her remarks and the ‘rivers of blood’ speech. “I find some of the commentary coming out of the Home Office inexplicable,” the most senior British Asian police officer…

Meghan faced death threats as a royal: Neil Basu

The UK's most senior police officer of colour has said the duchess of Sussex faced "disgusting" threats to her life during her time in the royal family. Neil Basu said that as head of counter-terrorism, he had to deal with credible threats from far-right extremists against Meghan Markle and her…

Diphtheria infections rise in Britain: All you need to know…

According to health officials, compared to a single case of diphtheria in 2020, there have now been 50 confirmed cases of the disease discovered in migrants in the UK since the start of 2022. The 50 cases of this disease this year is a significant increase from last year, as…

Malala urges UK to ‘step forward more boldly’ to support…

Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai has fervently urged the UK government to “step forward more boldly” to support girls’ education and gender equality in Afghanistan. At the Action for Afghanistan rally in central London on Sunday, she accused world leader of going “silent” over the gender discrimination in the…

More than 50 Tory MPs urge Sunak to amend modern…

Conservative backbenchers have urged Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to make changes to modern slavery laws to enable the UK to send back “bogus” asylum seekers to their home countries easily.More than 50 Tory MPs including former minister David Davis and 1922 committee chair Graham Brady have written to Sunak saying…

Asylum seeker gets 18 months suspended sentence for stalking and…

An Asylum seeker has been sentenced for stalking and burglary after he terrified his victim by repeatedly calling her and threatening to burn down her house, according to a report. The Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Noor Muhammed, 22, of Corporation Street, Stoke, became infatuated with a woman and even…

Braverman denies responsibility for Manston crisis

UK home secretary Suella Braverman has blamed asylum seekers for dangerous overcrowding at a migrant processing centre in Kent and denied responsibility for the crisis. The British government was under pressure over conditions at the site at Manston in Kent, which is operating at more than double its capacity, with…

Why Britain needs a more humane asylum system

This week marks the first anniversary of the biggest human tragedy in the English Channel for decades. On 24th November last year, a fishing boat spotted dozens of bodies floating in the icy water. A rubber dinghy had left the French coast the previous evening but capsized before reaching England.…

Rishi Sunak: Migrant deal with France will make a difference,…

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said a new deal with France to tackle illegal migration across the Channel would "make a difference", but the numbers making the perilous crossing would not go down overnight. "I'm confident that we can get the numbers down but I also want to be honest…

Suella Braverman signs pact with France to tackle illegal migration

UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman on Monday signed a new agreement with neighbouring France, which will see enhanced French patrols to curb the rising number of illegal migrants crossing the English Channel into England in dangerous small boats. The Indian-origin minister is in France to finalise the new arrangement, which…

Ten million stories of migration to Britain

Ten million people who were born abroad live in Britain today. The Office of National Statistics tells the story of the ten million in numbers. Foreign-born residents rose from 7.5 million, 13.4% of the population, to 16.8%, almost one in six. Just over a third, 3.6 million, came from the…

EXCLUSIVE: MPs urge ministers stop demonising immigrants

The government must embrace immigrants who take risks setting up businesses, create jobs, and contribute billions of pounds to Britain’s economy. That is the call from MPs and business leaders who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They have told this newspaper that the home secretary, Suella Braverman, should be ashamed…

‘Braverman may complicate Sunak’s immigration policy’

Having begun his premiership with a public pledge to put integrity, professionalism and accountability at the heart of his government, Rishi Sunak’s decision to reappoint Suella Braverman as his Home Secretary, just a week after her resignation, plunged his government into its first major controversy. This was the deal that…

UK is a compassionate place for asylum seekers – PM’s…

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told his cabinet on Tuesday that the country is a compassionate and welcoming place for asylum seekers, but this is dependent on the country being able to effectively police its borders, his spokesman said. The Home Secretary Suella Braverman faced heavy criticism on Tuesday for…

Suella Braverman criticised for asylum seeker ‘invasion’ comments

British Home Secretary Suella Braverman faced heavy criticism on Tuesday for describing the arrival of asylum seekers as an invasion, with lawmakers across the political spectrum warning of the risk of using inflammatory language. Her comments came a day after a man used firebombs to attack an immigration processing centre…

Man attacks UK migrant processing centre, kills himself

An attacker on Sunday threw firebombs at an immigration office used to process asylum seekers crossing the Channel in small boats and was later found dead. The attack came as the government seeks to curb record arrivals. Kent Police said that on Sunday morning "two or three incendiary devices" were…

Nadia Whittome MP draws flak for saying Sunak as PM…

A lawmaker from the opposition Labour party in UK has sparked online outrage after claiming Rishi Sunak becoming prime minister is 'not a win for Asian representation' as he is immensely rich, according to reports. Nottingham MP Nadia Whittome said that Sunak was 'not on your side' as Britain’s first…

What is Rishi Sunak’s solution to Britain’s problems?

Since entering the contest to be British prime minister, Rishi Sunak has said little publicly about how he intends to run the country and how he would address multiple economic and political crises. Sunak ran unsuccessfully to be prime minister earlier this year, setting out a full policy platform. Although…

UK moots Rwanda-style plan to deport Tamil refugees from Chagos…

The British government is preparing a Rwanda-style plan to deport Tamil refugees seeking asylum from the British-claimed Chagos Islands to an undisclosed country, according to reports. Asylum seekers were told by government lawyers that they can either go back to Sri Lanka or to a third country, The Guardian reported.…

Governing after Truss is now the question

The Truss experiment is over. Her premiership may now prove the shortest in modern history. Yet its legacy in shifting the tectonic plates of British politics might endure for much longer. The mini-budget, pitched as an audacious break with Treasury orthodoxy, proved a reckless gamble. Its result was the triple…

Braverman considering stringent legislation to deter employers from hiring illegal…

Home secretary Suella Braverman is considering strengthening legislation to further deter companies from employing illegal migrants, a media report said as Britain grapples with a wave of asylum seekers crossing the English Channel dangerously. Under the existing laws, employers hiring illegal migrants can be jailed for five years and fined…

Suella Braverman blames Leicester riots on new migrants: ‘Unexamined drive…

Britain’s Indian-origin Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, has blamed the recent “riots” in Leicester following an India-Pakistan cricket match on uncontrolled migration into the UK and the failure of newcomers to integrate. In her first speech since being appointed home minister at the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham on Tuesday…

UK to propose asylum ban on Channel migrants

British interior minister Suella Braverman will set out plans on Tuesday for new powers which would ban migrants who cross the English Channel from claiming asylum, a government source said. The government has been under pressure to deal with the rising number of people making dangerous journeys despite plans to…

Suella Braverman proposes to give ‘anonymity to suspects’ to stop…

British home secretary Suella Braverman may ensure suspects anonymity before they are charged in a radical change to the existing criminal justice system, according to reports. The minister told a Young Conservatives event on Monday (3) that the government is considering such a proposal due to concern over the identification…

Braverman pursuing deal with France to tackle illegal Channel crossings

Britain’s home secretary Suella Braverman is pursuing a stalled deal with France that would allow joint patrols of beaches in northern France to prevent illegal migrants from taking small boats to the UK. Negotiations between London and Paris on tackling the English Channel crisis were reportedly derailed following Liz Truss’…

1,150 migrants illegally crossing English Channel in 21 small boats…

Britain has intercepted more than 1100 migrants illegally crossing the English Channel, taking the total number of people making such journeys to the UK well past 31,000 so far this year. According to the Ministry of Defence, 1,150 people travelling in 21 small boats were detected on Thursday. The figure…

Double agent ‘involved’ in smuggling Shamima Begum into Syria may…

A double agent believed to be involved in the trafficking of Shamima Begum and two other British teenage schoolgirls into Syria is likely to be granted political asylum in Canada following his release from Turkish jail on August 5, media reports said. Mohammed al-Rashed, recruited by Canadian Security Intelligence Service…

Texas, Florida send migrants to VP Kamala Harris’ residence

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took credit Thursday for sending two planeloads of undocumented Venezuelans from Texas to wealthy Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, as Republicans play up immigration issues before November midterm elections. Around 50 of the migrants, including children, landed Wednesday on the island, where Democratic presidents from John F. Kennedy…

Five arrested for smuggling migrants in Europe via private jet

Five people were arrested in Rome and Brussels for smuggling migrants from Turkey to western Europe via private jet in trips costing around 10,000 euros ($10,000), Italian police said Wednesday (14). The suspects, held on warrants issued by Belgian authorities, are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation aimed at…

Iran sentences two LGBTQ rights activist to death for ‘spreading…

Iran has handed down capital punishment to two female gay rights activists for “promoting homosexuality” on social media. Zahra Sedighi Hamedani and Elham Chubdar were convicted of "spreading corruption on earth" - a charge the Hengaw Kurdish rights organisation said was often imposed on people deemed to have broken the…

Catherine Keener joins Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga on the…

The makers of the much-awaited sequel to Todd Philips’ Oscar-nominated film Joker, which has been officially titled Joker: Folie a Deux, have added Get Out star Catherine Keener to the ensemble cast of the film in a mystery role. The musical sequel already features Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Lady Gaga…

Liz Truss cabinet predictions: The possible ministers in Britain’s new…

Liz Truss, Britain's next prime minister, is expected to begin making key ministerial appointments soon after her formal appointment as leader on Tuesday. Below is a brief overview of the people likely to serve in key roles in her government. FINANCE MINISTER - KWASI KWARTENG Truss is expected to appoint…

‘We must focus on action while talking about race’

BRITAIN will not get its first Asian prime minister next week, unless every prediction and poll has got it wrong. Former chancellor and Tory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak found himself in the wrong economy at the wrong time. Though he was Britain’s most popular chancellor earlier in the pandemic, the…

Rochdale council seeks even distribution of asylum seekers across UK

Greater Manchester’s Rochdale borough council has urged the government to evenly distribute asylum seekers across the country to ensure that no area is overburdened. In a letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, council leader Neil Emmott took serious exception to the shifting of migrants into hotels in the borough against…

Shamima Begum was smuggled into Syria by Canadian spy, claims…

A new book has claimed that Shamima Begum was smuggled into Syria by a Canadian spy to join Daesh (Islamic State group), according to media reports. The book 'The Secret History of the Five Eyes' by Richard Kerbaj has accused Canada of withholding information about Begum's whereabouts while the Metropolitan…

UK pays private firms £2.5 million for help to rescue…

The Home Office spent more than £2.5 million this year to charter boats and crew from private offshore companies to help it intercept migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, media reports said. Contract disclosures reported by the Guardian showed that Aeolian Offshore, which works with the offshore wind industry,…

‘Secure and cheap’: Albanians migrants sneak into UK via Dublin

While the government is grappling with the issue of migrants illegally crossing the English Channel, Albanians are sneaking into the UK via Ireland exploiting the porous border between the two countries. All Albanians have to do to reach Britain is to get fake European Union identity documents and fly to…

‘I wanted to challenge people’s assumptions with The P Word’

EXPLORING the struggles of a gay Asian Muslim asylum seeker in modern Britain is the central theme in the Bush Theatre’s new work, The P Word, the playwright has said. It charts the parallel lives of two gay Pakistani men – Zafar, who flees homophobic persecution in Pakistan to seek…

Albanian police could be stationed in UK to tackle Channel…

Albanian police will be brought to the Kent coast to provide the UK authorities with intelligence and to help processing and removal of migrants. Britain on Thursday (25) said it would work with the southern European country to quickly process and repatriate the large number of Albanians who cross the…

UK removed only 21 inadmissible asylum seekers to safe third…

Britain forcibly removed just 21 “inadmissible” asylum seekers to “safe third countries” in the first 18 months after it formally left the European Union, new data showed, as the influx of migrants illegally reaching the UK’s shores continued.The government said close to 16,000 asylum seekers whose claims were declared “inadmissible”…

‘New prime minister will need a global outlook too’

EVERYONE now expects Westminster’s Game of Thrones to end with foreign secretary Liz Truss wearing the crown. The former chancellor and her opponent, Rishi Sunak, embraces his underdog status and pledges to fight to the end. The candidates’ fates are now sealed in the returned but unopened ballot papers. Top…

Priti Patel says her record speaks volumes in an effort…

UK home secretary Priti Patel has made it clear that she wants to stay on in the role under the new leader, media reports said. She claimed that her 'record speaks volumes', adding that it's up to the next prime minister to take the decision. Boris Johnson’s successor will be…

Priti Patel inks deal to speedily deport illegal Pakistani migrants

British home secretary Priti Patel has signed a deal with Pakistan to deport criminals and failed asylum seekers to their home country. The Returns Agreement was signed by Patel and Pakistan home secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar and the country's High Commissioner to the UK, Moazzam Ahmad Khan in London last…

More than 50 migrants aged over 30 registered as children…

UK Home Office has said that more than 50 migrants over 30 years were registered as children after lying about their age upon their arrival in Britain in the past decade.  Data obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) laws has revealed that a total of 52 managed to slip through initial…

Rwanda asylum plan: Ministers warned over ‘torture and killings’ in…

UK High Court heard that Foreign Office officials have tried to block the Rwanda asylum plan over alleged 'torture and killings' in the African nation, media reports said. A government adviser raised concerns about Rwanda's human rights record weeks before the British government tried to send asylum seekers to the country, The…

Navy backs out of migrant patrols as over 20,000 migrants…

The Royal Navy will stop migrant patrols on January 31 next year and will hand over operational control to Border Force, according to a media report. The Ministry of Defence has conveyed its plans in this regard to ministers, The Telegraph reported. Currently, the Navy coordinates Border Force and Coastguard…

UK pushes ahead with Rwanda migrant scheme as small boats…

Housed in a detention centre in southern England, Aladeen says he risked his life to travel thousands of miles from his homeland of Syria to escape being forced to fight in the military of President Bashar al-Assad. Now the 21-year-old is battling to stay in Britain and avoid being sent…

20,000 small boat crossings of the English Channel in 2022:…

At least 20,000 people have illegally crossed the English Channel in small boats this year, almost double the amount that had made the crossing last year at this point, government figures showed Sunday. Another 607 people were detected crossing the busy shipping lane between the UK and continental Europe on…

Salman Rushdie on ventilator, likely to lose an eye, liver…

Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator with a damaged liver and may lose one of his eyes after the Mumbai-born controversial author was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man on stage at a literary event in upstate New York. Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years…

Braverman urges to take ‘radical action’ to counter influence of…

British attorney general has voiced her concerns against the European court of human rights, saying that extricating the UK from the influence of the court should be a ‘national priority’. Suella Braverman has also urged ministers to take 'radical action' to counter the influence of the ECHR, an international convention to…

UK government U-turns on plan to house asylum seekers in…

The UK government will no longer try to house asylum seekers in a disused air force base in northern England following a backlash from local residents, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Tuesday (9). The home ministry had planned to place up to 1,500 asylum seekers at the site in the…

Smuggler gangs’ TikTok ‘summer sale’ boosts migrant crossings

TRAFFICKERS are offering a TikTok 'summer sale' for a journey across the English Channel for migrants as the rate has been reduced to £3,500 per person from £5,000 earlier, it has emerged. This has resulted in an increase in channel crossings in recent weeks as another estimated 300 migrants reached…

Adnan Miakhel, the Afghan teen who stays in hunt for…

Cricket comes easy to South Asian blood and Adnan Miakhel is no exception. The teen, who is obsessed with the sport, played on the dusty backstreets of his country Afghanistan with whatever he could get. As he bowled with a tennis ball for hours and made a bat out of…

UK to launch facial recognition smartwatches to track foreign criminals

The Home Office in the UK and the Ministry of Justice have created a new plan to monitor foreign offenders in the country. Under the plan, migrants convicted of crimes need to wear facial recognition smartwatches and should take photos up to five times a day, the Guardian reported. With…

Starting anew: UK city marks 50 years since Ugandan Asians…

Fifty years ago, dictator Idi Amin announced his intention to expel Uganda's thriving community of British South Asians. They were given 90 days to leave, or be rounded up in concentration camps. More than 27,000 ethnic Indian and Pakistani holders of UK passports made their way to Britain, which reluctantly…

Nearly 700 migrants crossed Channel on Monday in 2022 record:…

Almost 700 migrants and asylum seekers crossed the Channel to Britain in a single day this week, a new record for the year, the UK government said Tuesday. The latest arrivals suggest the government's controversial policy to deport those attempting the dangerous crossing to Rwanda has so far failed to…

Braverman tells lawyers to refrain from dismissing policies as unlawful

The Attorney General has warned government lawyers against dismissing policies as unlawful, according to a report. Last week, Suella Braverman asked lawyers to give a percentage chance that some policies may be challenged instead of rejecting them in full, The Telegraph revealed. The latest guidance is in the wake of…

‘We need policies for long-term growth’

MY FAMILY and I have been staunch Tory supporters for the past 40 years. Former chancellor Rishi Sunak is like Margaret Thatcher, willing to work hard and determined to put in the effort until he reaches the top. He is fiscally disciplined by way of economic background and has the…

An Asian prime minister is ‘now just a matter of…

LIZ TRUSS or Rishi Sunak will become Britain’s next prime minister in September. A fierce ‘blue on blue’ contest is underway, though the two candidates actually have much in common. As Boris Johnson’s foreign secretary and chancellor, respectively, they were the more experienced leadership candidates against insurgent rivals. Both are…

Sunak pledges to fix ‘broken’ UK immigration system; would cap…

TORY leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has pledged to fix the 'broken' immigration system in the UK and added that he will make tackling Channel crossings a priority in his first 100 days if he becomes the prime minister, reports said. He also declared plans to introduce an annual cap on…

Rwanda admits it can accommodate just 200 migrants from UK

Rwanda can accommodate up to 200 migrants from the UK, Kigali said, in contrast to the British government’s claim that thousands of asylum seekers illegally crossing the English Channel would be deported to the east African nation.Rwandan government spokesperson Yolande Makolo said Hope Hostel in Kigali was the only facility…

Dutch moots ‘absurd’ plan to house refugees on cruise ships

EXPERTS described the Dutch plan to house refugees arriving in the country on cruise ships as 'absurd and illegal', according to reports. The UNHCR Netherlands has also condemned the move as 'unacceptable'. In a controversial move, three large ships were commissioned by the Netherlands government commissioned for refugees. Reports revealed that…

Home Office response to Channel crossings ‘unacceptable’ says damning report

An independent border inspection has slammed Britain's handling of migrants who arrive by small boats from France, calling it unacceptable, ineffective and inefficient.The number of people attempting the dangerous crossing over the Channel to enter Britain has risen sharply. The government is facing criticism from some quarters that border controls…

Policy views of final two candidates in race to succeed…

The race to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister was on Wednesday (20) reduced to the final two candidates, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, who will go forward for a summer of campaigning to win over the around 200,000 Conservative Party members who make the final decision. Below is…

UK officials warned government not to pursue Rwanda deportation plan,…

BRITISH officials repeatedly warned the government not to pursue its plan to send migrants to Rwanda and the country was initially excluded from the shortlist of partner countries because of human rights concerns, London's High Court was told. Under an agreement struck in April, Britain will send tens of thousands…

Rwanda policy has failed to deter asylum seekers from illegally…

The UK government’s headline-making Rwanda plan to relocate migrants has not stemmed the illegal movement of asylum-seekers across the English Channel, a parliamentary report has said, calling for greater clarity in the policy. The report, titled ‘Channel Crossings, Migration and Asylum’, has come up with figures to substantiate its observation…

EXCLUSIVE: Is the UK ready for an Asian PM?

Senior Conservative parliamentarians have told Eastern Eye the country is ready for its first south Asian prime minister. They believe the days of the Tories being considered as the “nasty and racist” party are over. Four candidates of colour were among the eight nominated in the leadership race as Eastern…

Priti Patel skips Home Affairs Committee hearing over Rwanda plan

Home secretary Priti Patel declined to attend a hearing of the Home Affairs Committee on Wednesday, citing the “recent changes in Government”.She was expected to face tough questions on the UK’s controversial policy on asylum seekers from the cross-party parliamentary committee which scrutinises the work of the Home Office and…

Mo Farah: Would a child be deported if trafficked to…

BRITISH athlete Sir Mo Farah has revealed that he was a victim of human trafficking as a child. The six-time world outdoor champion said even the name that appears in the record books is wrong. He is Hussein Abdi Kahin. It will be interesting to know what will happen to…

‘No action against Mo Farah’: UK after former Olympic champion’s…

Olympic great Mo Farah won praise from across Britain's political spectrum Tuesday after the shock revelation that he was illegally trafficked as a child to the country and forced to work in domestic servitude.The 39-year-old distance runner, one of Britain's best-loved and most successful athletes, told a BBC documentary that…

I am naturally disappointed, says Vijay Mallya on India’s Supreme…

Former Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya, who is based in Britain for over five years, Monday, expressed his disappointment at the Supreme Court verdict sentencing him to four months in a contempt case. The 66-year-old UK-based businessman did not comment further on the verdict handed down by a top court…

New UK prime minister to be announced on Sept. 5…

Britain's new prime minister will be announced on Sept. 5, with the first votes to begin eliminating candidates in a crowded and increasingly unpredictable and divisive contest to replace Boris Johnson coming this week. So far 11 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to succeed Johnson as leader…

Ex-Olympic champ Mo Farah says he was brought to Britain…

OLYMPIC great Mo Farah was illegally trafficked to Britain at the age of nine from Djibouti and forced to work as a child servant, he has revealed, saying his real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin. The distance runner was flown to the UK from the east African country aged eight…

What do the frontrunners to succeed Boris Johnson think about…

The race to succeed Boris Johnson as British prime minister has begun, with 11 candidates so far putting themselves forward for a contest which will ultimately be decided by around 200,000 Conservative Party members.Below is what the bookmakers' top three favourites have said on key issues:RISHI SUNAK - Current favouriteOn…

EXCLUSIVE: Leadership race shows how diversity is the ‘new normal’…

Prime minister Boris Johnson certainly went down fighting. Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak had decided that enough was enough, resigning last week from the Cabinet over Downing Street’s inability to tell the truth. Fifty ministerial resignations later, the refusal of the prime minister to accept that the game was up…

Priti Patel and Navy at loggerheads over plans to end…

IN a major development, the Royal Navy has threatened to ‘walk away’ from Boris Johnson and Priti Patel’s plan to end Channel crossings, according to a report. The Guardian reported that defence chiefs are unhappy over the rapidly imploding plan of using the military to control small boats in the…

Will Priti Patel succeed Oliver Dowden as Conservatives chair after…

Priti Patel may be moved “sideways” from Home Office to being Conservatives Party chief to replace Oliver Dowden whose resignation has taken the Tories by surprise.Dowden put in his papers as the Conservatives chair earlier this week after the ruling party suffered crushing defeats in the by-elections to two parliamentary…

Decoded: Is Dominic Raab’s Bill of Rights an attack on…

THE UK government introduced legislation allowing it to override rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), after a judge in Strasbourg blocked flights removing asylum seekers to Rwanda. Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab said the new 'Bill of Rights' would 'restore a healthy dose of common sense' to…

‘The critics need to keep an open mind about the…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday defended his controversial deal to expel migrants to Rwanda, telling critics to "keep an open mind". On the first day of a trip to Kigali -- which is hosting a Commonwealth summit this week -- he also heaped praise on Rwandan President Paul…

Why Britain must rethink its Rwanda refugees plan

FOLLOWING high drama last week, a group of frightened, traumatised men seeking asylum in the UK received a last-minute reprieve from being shipped thousands of miles across the globe to Rwanda. But even with a legal injunction from the European Court of Human Rights, the UK government still hopes to…

Boris Johnson to meet Prince Charles in Rwanda amid sharp…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said he was looking forward to visiting Rwanda on Thursday (23) to help people shed their "condescending attitudes" to Rwanda after criticism of the government's plans to deport asylum seekers to the country. Johnson will meet with Prince Charles in Kigali on Friday (24) on…

UK to bring in new Bill of Rights to sidestep…

Britain will begin legislating on Wednesday for a new Bill of Rights to give the government the power to ignore rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which last week blocked ministers' plans to send migrants to Rwanda.Last Tuesday, the ECHR issued last minute injunctions to prevent a…

‘Asylum seekers can’t just vanish’: Boris Johnson supports Home Office…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson has defended government plans to electronically tag some asylum seekers who arrive in the UK in small boats or lorries, reports said.  Earlier this week, the Home Office published guidance on a 12-month pilot using electronic tagging to monitor individuals who arrive in the country…

Once darling of UK right, Patel’s future on line in…

BY her own admission, home secretary Priti Patel's hard line on immigration would have stopped her own parents coming to Britain but it has made her a darling of the right. However, she is now in danger of alienating her conservative base after her plan to deter illegal crossings of…

‘We do not consider living in Rwanda a punishment’ –…

Rwanda insisted Wednesday it was still ready to take in asylum seekers being deported by the UK under a controversial deal after a first flight was cancelled following a court injunction."We are not deterred by these developments. Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work," government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo…

No fixed date for when UK will send first migrants…

Britain's government cannot give a fixed date for when it will first be able to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, deputy prime minister and justice secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday.Britain's initial attempt to deport asylum seekers - part of a policy designed to deter dangerous sea crossings of the…

How did a European court halt Britain’s Rwanda deportation flight?

A European court ruling sparked an embarrassing climbdown for the British government by forcing the cancellation of Britain's first deportation flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda. The British government expressed fury at the decision. But it is legally obliged to implement rulings by the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights…

UK confident it can overturn legal ban on Rwanda plan

Britain is confident it can overcome legal challenges to its bid to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda following a last minute intervention by European judges that grounded the first flight minutes before it was due to depart late on Tuesday.The government had been forced to fight a series of legal…

We will not be deterred from Rwanda asylum plan: Boris…

THE UK government on Tuesday (14) defended its controversial policy to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, even as the entire senior leadership of the Church of England branded it shameful and immoral. According to Daily Mail, opening Cabinet this morning, prime minister Boris Johnson said, "What is happening with the…

‘An immoral policy that shames Britain’: Church of England leaders…

SENIOR leaders at the Church of England have called the Home Office's plan to deport migrants to Rwanda 'immoral'.  The Most Rev Justin Welby and the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, the senior leaders, alongside 23 bishops criticised the plan. "Whether or not the first deportation flight leaves Britain today for…

Lady Gaga in talks to join Todd Phillips’ Joker 2…

Oscar-winner Lady Gaga is in early negotiations to play Harley Quinn in Joker: Folie a Deux, reportedly billed as a “musical” follow-up to director Todd Phillips’ 2019 blockbuster. Last week, the filmmaker confirmed the sequel to Joker in an Instagram post, which also revealed that Joaquin Phoenix, who played the…

Foreign secretary Liz Truss expects first migrant deportation flight to…

BRITAIN expects the first flight of asylum seekers to depart for Rwanda on Tuesday (14) and any person who avoids that flight due to legal proceedings will be put on a later one, foreign secretary Liz Truss said.  London's High Court is due to hear final legal challenges against the…

UK courts to hear last-minute appeals to stop first Rwanda…

London's courts will hear two last-minute legal challenges on Monday to block the British government's controversial policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda before the first removal flight scheduled to leave on Tuesday.Britain has agreed a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda in return for an…

Prince Charles slams UK’s Rwanda plan: Report

Britain's Prince Charles has called the government's plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda "appalling", a report said Saturday after it cleared a legal challenge. The UK government intends to fly the first planeload of 31 claimants to Rwanda on Tuesday -- shortly before Charles is due to represent his mother…

UK’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda ‘unsafe,’ court told

The British government's controversial plan to send migrants arriving illegally in Britain to Rwanda is unsafe and irrational, lawyers seeking an injunction to stop the first planned deportations told the High Court in London on Friday. The government announced in April it had struck a deal to send potentially tens…

UK’s first flight taking migrants to Rwanda can go ahead,…

Britain's government overcame a legal challenge to its controversial policy to begin deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda as the High Court dismissed campaigners' attempts to win an injunction and said the first flight could leave next week.Charities and a trade union had launched a challenge earlier this week against the…

In Britain, LGBTQ migrants fear being sent to Rwanda

As Britain pushes ahead with plans to send migrants to Rwanda, Hadi, a gay asylum-seeker who fled Iraq, said he would rather be sentenced to death.Under a controversial law passed in April, the UK plans to send asylum-seekers deemed to have arrived illegally on British soil to Rwanda, an East…

Campaigners launch court bid to prevent UK-Rwanda asylum flights

CAMPAIGNERS on Wednesday (8) launched a court bid to block the UK government's plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as it attempts to stop migrant boat crossings from France. The government in London said last month that it intends to fly a first planeload of asylum-seekers to Rwanda on…

Asylum seekers go on hunger strike as UK prepares to…

More than a dozen asylum seekers detained in southeast England reportedly went on a hunger strike after it was revealed that they would be sent to Rwanda as part of the UK government’s border control measure.Britain last week said it intended to fly a first planeload of asylum-seekers to Rwanda…

IIT Madras calls for countries to absorb people fleeing due…

The team has developed a normative framework which highlights that the prevailing international law is barely adequate to protect the entire class of forcibly-displaced people. The research has also been published in the reputed peer-reviewed journal WIRES Climate Change. According to officials, with climate change intensifying the push to migrate,…

UK aims to send the first group of asylum seekers…

BRITAIN aims to send a first group of asylum seekers to Rwanda in two weeks' time as part of a policy which the government says is designed to break people-smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants across the Channel.In April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government announced plans to send…

UK asylum seekers to arrive in Rwanda soon

THE first batch of asylum seekers sent to Rwanda from the UK under a controversial new deal will likely arrive in the East African nation "in the next few weeks", officials in Kigali said.  Since being announced last month, the agreement enabling Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to…

Patel says ‘meritless’ legal claims saved more than 100 criminals…

UK home secretary has said that a series of last-minute legal challenges have helped more than 100 killers, rapists and paedophiles to avoid deportation to Jamaica, according to a media report. Priti Patel called the claims 'meritless' and blasted ‘political interventions’ for stopping the deportations, reported the MailOnline. It is…

Afghan asylum seeker was deported twice before London hammer attack

AN AFGHAN asylum seeker, now jailed for violent attacks in London, had managed to return to the UK despite being sent back to his country twice.Morteza Ahmadi was on Friday (13) sentenced to 13 years in prison and a further five years on extended licence for sexually assaulting two women…

Charities say UK’s Rwanda plans impact health of asylum seekers

TWO major charities have raised red flags over Britain’s controversial plans to deport unauthorised immigrants reaching its shores to Rwanda.Under the new scheme announced by prime minister Boris Johnson, people claiming asylum in the UK are to be relocated to Rwanda, where their cases will be processed. If they are…

Fascist group founder Alex Davies aims for ‘white Britain’

A FASCIST group co-founder has said he wants to see a pre-World War era Britain when it was “overwhelmingly white”. Alex Davies, who set up the now-proscribed outfit NS131, told Winchester Crown Court that his goal can be achieved by "compulsorily deporting" ethnic minorities from the UK “along the lines…

Survey: Majority of asylum seekers are not afraid of UK’s…

THREE-QUARTERS of asylum seekers in northern France said that they would still try to cross the Channel in small boats, according to a survey.  The survey of more than 60 asylum seekers in Calais and Dunkirk was carried out by the charity Care4Calais, which provides practical support to asylum seekers…

Charities slam rogue landlords for ‘abusing migrant women’

MIGRANT women from south Asia are being sexually exploited due to being in legal limbo in the UK over their immigration status, charities have warned. They have supported victims who have been pressured into intimate relationships with an employer or landlord who have threatened with reporting them to the Home…

UK asylum reform bill set to become law

An asylum reform bill proposed by the British government is set to become law after overcoming a final hurdle in parliament on Wednesday. The House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, passed the bill and rejected a last-minute amendment to the text, meaning it will now become…

Riz Ahmed terms nationality and borders bill as ‘racist and…

ACTOR Riz Ahmed has branded the UK government’s nationality and borders bill as “racist” and “immoral” in a video. Last week, Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the bill proposed by the House Of Lords which would have softened some of its measures. In a video posted on Twitter, Ahmed called for…

Priti Patel accuses BBC of xenophobia

BRITISH home secretary Priti Patel has slammed the critics of her government’s controversial immigration deal with Rwanda and the BBC’s “xenophobic” overtones in reporting the matter.She was "taken aback" by the tone of BBC journalists' references to Rwanda after the agreement with the African country was announced, she told The…

Rwanda president says UK migrant deal ‘not trading in humans’

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Kigali was not "trading in human beings" when it agreed to a controversial deal allowing Britain to send migrants and asylum seekers to his country. The agreement announced last week has attracted a chorus of criticism from rights groups, opposition figures in Britain and Rwanda…

Ministers ‘playing to racist tropes’ with Rwanda plan

IT HAS been called illegal, immoral, and unworkable. So what does the UK government’s Memorandum of Agreement with Rwanda actually say, what are its stated objectives and what is the politics behind it? The agreement is about “the prevention and combating of illegally facilitated and unlawful cross-border migration by establishing…

Johnson gives Partygate apology, Starmer calls him ‘a man without…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson on Tuesday (19) apologised to MPs after he became the first British leader fined for breaking the law, but faced opposition calls to quit for the sake of integrity in politics. Addressing parliament for the first time since the April 12 fine, he reiterated that he…

Johnson to face MPs’ fury over ‘Partygate’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will face angry lawmakers on Tuesday (19) for the first time since being fined for breaking his own coronavirus laws by attending a party at his Downing Street office.An embattled Johnson last week became the first modern British leader to be fined for breaking the…

Johnson backs decision to send migrants to Rwanda despite outcry…

Britain's prime minister said Rwanda is well-equipped to 'resettle' migrants and asylum-seekers to the UK despite some human rights groups describing the project as 'inhumane'. The controversial deal, announced on Thursday, is part of the government's strategy to clamp down on record numbers of people making the perilous journey across…

Rwanda to host migrants and asylum seekers headed to the…

Rwanda has inked a multi-million-dollar deal with Britain to host asylum-seekers and migrants to the UK, the East African country announced on Thursday, as part of the British government's bid to crack down on illegal migration. "Rwanda welcomes this partnership with the United Kingdom to host asylum seekers and migrants,…

Keir Starmer defends his record on tackling ‘Islamophobia’ in Labour

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer has defended his record on tackling Islamophobia, after a senior Newcastle councillor was suspended from the party for alleging a “Muslim plot”, writes Daniel Holland. It emerged last week that Joyce McCarty had asserted in a text message that Muslim councillors in the West End had…

OYO to offer free accommodation to Ukraine refugees

INDIA’S hospitality technology platform OYO on Tuesday (22) said it will offer free accommodation to refugees fleeing Ukraine.Starting with Poland, the company has initiated efforts to appeal to its 600-plus Belvilla homeowners on its platform in Poland to open their holiday homes to refugees."These stays will be free for refugees…

Abhay S3 Trailer: Kunal Kemmu returns as cop Abhay Pratap…

After two successful and critically acclaimed seasons of its franchise Abhay, ZEE5 has released the trailer of Abhay 3. Directed by Ken Ghosh and produced by Zee Studios, Abhay S3 stars Kunal Kemmu, Asha Negi, and Nidhi Singh in returning roles and Vijay Raaz, Rahul Dev, Vidya Malvade, Tanuj Virwani,…

Support for Ukrainian refugees underpinned by warming attitudes to immigration

The Ukraine war has seen a surge in pro-refugee public sentiment. British Future’s six-monthly tracker of migration attitudes, conducted by Ipsos, offers conclusive evidence that this is underpinned by a long-term softening of attitudes to immigration. Most striking of all is the shift in people’s views on overall numbers. In 2016,…

Sunder Katwala: Public opinion supports helping Ukrainian refugees

HALF a century ago, it was the Ugandan Asians who needed sanctuary. Given just 90 days to get out by the dictator Idi Amin, it was not clear where they would go. At the height of the Powellite era, some MPs floated hare-brained schemes to send them all to the…

Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad to now arrive on May 27

The much-anticipated Bollywood film Dhaakad, which was earlier scheduled to release in April, will now hit theatres on May 27, 2022. The film stars award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut in the lead role. Arjun Rampal, Divya Dutt, and Saswata Chatterjee also play important characters in it. The action spy thriller marks…

Manchester bomber’s brother gets extended jail term for assault

THE BROTHER of the 2017 Manchester suicide bomber and an Iraqi asylum seeker behind a botched London Underground train bombing had their sentences extended on Tuesday (22) after being found guilty of assaulting a prison officer.Hashem Abedi, 24, Ahmed Hassan, 22, and fellow convicted terrorist Muhammed Saeed, 23, were all…

Gunmen attack high-profile Sri Lanka TV journalist

Armed men stormed the home of a high-profile Sri Lankan television journalist critical of the government Monday, police said, sparking condemnation by local media rights groups. Chamuditha Samarawickrama, who had criticised the powerful ruling Rajapaksa family and their allies in recent broadcasts, including on YouTube, was shaken but unhurt after…

Nationality and Borders Bill will make UK safer, says Patel

THE UK has a proud history of being open to the world. Global Britain continues in that tradition. Our society is enriched by legal migration and we are a better country for it. The Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill, back in the House of Lords and one step closer to…

Mallya can be evicted from London home over unpaid loan:…

EMBATTLED Indian businessman Vijay Mallya on Tuesday (18) lost a legal battle to hold on to his London home after a UK court refused to grant him a stay of enforcement in a dispute with the Swiss bank UBS. The 18-19 Cornwall Terrace luxury apartment overlooking Regent's Park in central London is…

Arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari fighting for ‘unpaid cut from defence…

AN arms dealer wanted in India on money laundering and tax evasion charges is pursuing a separate legal battle of his own in France over an alleged unpaid cut from a large Indian defence contract dating back more than 10 years, according to a report.Sanjay Bhandari, 59, has filed a…

Djokovic case ‘really not good’ for sport, says Murray

ANDY MURRAY expressed concern for Novak Djokovic on Sunday (9), saying that other players were shocked and the circumstances surrounding the world number one's barred entry into Australia was "really not good for tennis". The Serb was hoping to win a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open later…

Exclusive: UK and India will kick off FTA talks to…

By Amit Roy and Sarwar Alam HAVING achieved Brexit, Boris Johnson’s new year’s resolution is to “Get FTA done” – a reference to the Free Trade Agreement that the British prime minister is pursuing with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. Although no dates have been announced, the international trade secretary…

UK targets scientific ways to determine asylum seekers’ age

BRITAIN will seek to stop adults posing as children when claiming asylum by drawing up new scientific assessments to help determine an applicant's age, the government said.  Adults were found to be posing as children in two-thirds of claims disputed on the basis of age, the government said citing data…

Allow asylum seekers to work in UK: Committee

AN INDEPENDENT advisory panel of the government has favoured lifting the ban on asylum seekers from working in the UK. In its annual report unveiled on Wednesday (16), the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) said care workers should be given access to fast-track visas. There was clear evidence of the harm…

Home Office allows Sri Lankan scientist to remain in the…

THE Home Office has taken a U-turn on its plans to deport a leading Sri Lankan scientist and allowed him and his family to remain in the UK, The Guardian reported. Dr Nadarajah Muhunthan, who has done groundbreaking research into affordable forms of solar energy, and his family faced deportation…

Glasgow looks to hire more school staff from BAME communities

COUNCIL bosses have been trying to hire more school staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to reflect Glasgow’s population better. A meeting heard there has been success in recruiting more diverse workers and efforts are being made to improve their chances of promotion. Most higher earning roles…

Johnson shocked at Channel deaths, urges cooperation

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said he was horrified after at least 27 migrants died trying to cross the Channel from France, offering closer cooperation to tackle criminal gangs behind the practice. "I am shocked, appalled and deeply saddened by the loss of life at sea," he said…

Study: NHS system for assessing who must pay for service…

A study has pointed out that the system for assessing who should pay for NHS services “incentivises racial profiling”, The Guardian reported. The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has said that overstretched NHS staff sometimes racially profiled patients in order to determine who was not “ordinarily resident”…

Greece car chase kills 7 migrants; 4 Pakistan nationals among…

SEVEN migrants were killed and eight injured in northern Greece after their car overturned as they tried to evade a police roadblock near the Turkish border, police said Friday (19). The six men and one woman were killed in the incident that occurred just after midnight on the highway between…

Bangladesh sentences former chief justice to 11 years in jail

BANGLADESH'S former chief justice was on Tuesday (9) sentenced in absentia to 11 years in jail for corruption, in a case that opposition groups and supporters say is politically motivated. Surendra Kumar Sinha, 70, headed the Supreme Court when it ruled in 2017 that parliament could not sack judges, a…

Trafficked into UK, Bangladeshi man endures modern slavery

A BANGLADESHI man who endured modern slavery and abuse from his father-in-law after being trafficked into the UK is now studying law to help asylum seekers. Mominul Hamid was tricked into an arranged marriage in Bangladesh with the promise of spousal documents that would help him travel to the UK…

Sri Lankan scientist faces deportation as Home Office provides contradictory…

A Sri Lankan scientist is facing deportation with his family after receiving contradictory information about his case from the Home Office, The Guardian reported. Dr Nadarajah Muhunthan, 47, his wife Sharmila, 42, and their three children, aged 13, nine and five, came to the UK in 2018 after Muhunthan, who…

Patel to impose visa penalties on countries that won’t take…

BRITISH home secretary will now have powers to impose visa penalties on countries who do not take back failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals. Priti Patel could now be able to suspend visa applications from those countries, impose a £190 surcharge on their applications or increase visa processing time. The…

The top 10 Asha Parekh films

LEGENDARY Bollywood actress Asha Parekh will receive warm wishes from around the world when she celebrates her 79th birthday on October 2. One of the greatest leading ladies of all time was nicknamed the hit girl because she appeared in many blockbusters. To mark the marvellous movie icon turning a…

Raducanu’s victory is a glimpse of Britain’s demographic future

EMMA RADUCANU'S US Open victory is above all else an astonishing sporting triumph. To seize such a glittering prize by playing a flawless tournament shows an almost limitless potential to become a sporting legend. How far that is fulfilled is a future unknown, but she has already guaranteed herself a…

‘Dire Afghanistan situation demands urgent action’

Politicians urge ministers to help Britons with relatives seeking to flee Taliban rule MPs HAVE revealed that they have been flooded with pleas from Britons to help evacuate their relatives from Afghanistan to escape the Taliban. Britain’s last military flight left Kabul at the end of August after helping more…

Blackburn-based Adhan Group has bought Preston’s St George’s Shopping Centre

THE Blackburn-based Adhan Group has bought Preston’s St George’s Shopping Centre. The firm, founded by Salim Patel in 2003, paid an undisclosed sum for the city centre retail complex which opened in 1964. The Adhan Group – whose headquarters is in Preston New Road, Blackburn – set up a new…

Derby ‘stands ready to help’ Afghan refugees

DERBY “stands ready to help” Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban, with a city leader saying it welcomes them with open arms. Afghanistan is in the midst of a crisis, with the Taliban taking control of the country for the first time in 20 years. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan residents…

Britain to end Afghan evacuations in ‘matter of hours’

BRITAIN said on Friday (27) that it plans to complete its airlifts out of Afghanistan "in a matter of hours" as the frenzied evacuation effort out of Kabul airport draws to a close. "We will process those people that we have brought with us, the 1,000 people approximately inside the…

Tony Eastaugh to head immigration enforcement

HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has appointed former counter-terror police chief as the head of immigration enforcement after Channel migrant crossings hit new daily high, reported The Telegraph. Tony Eastaugh has been appointed as the new "interim" director general of immigration enforcement. Eastaugh will replace Tyson Hepple, who has spent nearly…

UK to announce plans for asylum-seeking Afghans soon

BRITAIN on Monday (16) announced it will soon launch a resettlement scheme for Afghans amid growing pressure to create a safe route for refugees from Afghanistan as the Taliban seized control of the country on Sunday (15).   The government’s resettlement plans for asylum-seeking Afghans will be separate from the…

Instability in Myanmar will affect India, says Indian representative to…

INDIA does not support any action by the international community that could cause further destablisation in Myanmar, India's permanent representative to the UN and president of UN Security Council for August ambassador T S Tirumurti said. Any instability in the Southeast Asian country will directly affect India, he said. The…

Dring ‘will be remembered for East Pakistan genocide reports’

Tribute to British journalist and honorary Bangladeshi citizen Simon YOUNGER Asians born and brought up in Britain may not have heard of the British journalist Simon Dring, who died on July 16, at the age of 76. But for those who want to understand the circumstances leading to the secession…

Exclusive: Asian refugee thanks UK for changing his life

A REFUGEE, who arrived in Britain after Ugandan dictator Idi Amin expelled Asians from that country, has revealed how the UK gave him and his family a new life.   Mukund Nathwani, came to England in 1972 from Uganda at the age of 23. “We were emotionally very disturbed people…

London high court announces Vijay Mallya bankrupt

THE London high court on Monday (26) declared fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bankrupt. This gave a consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) a victory in the case related to recovering debt from loans paid out to Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. The verdict also…

Heineken becomes majority shareholder in India’s United Breweries

HEINEKEN has acquired an additional 39.6 million shares in United Breweries Limited (UBL), taking its shareholding in the Indian brewer from 46.5 per cent to 61.5 per cent, for £560 million. The sale was led by a debt recovery tribunal after the shares of the company, which owns India’s top-selling Kingfisher…

Nirav Modi loses first stage of appeal against extradition to…

FUGITIVE businessman Nirav Modi on Tuesday (22) lost his appeal against extradition to India in a UK High Court. On April 15, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved Modi’s extradition to India in the estimated $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case. In February, the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in…

Australia releases asylum-seeking Tamil family from island detention

AUSTRALIA'S conservative government bowed to public pressure and announced the release of an asylum-seeking Tamil family from island detention on Tuesday (15), after its youngest member fell ill. The Murugappan family of four has been held at the remote Christmas Island immigration detention centre since August 2019, as it fights…

Johnson ‘furious at Patel over channel immigrants’ as MPs call…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson is alleged to have lashed out at home secretary Priti Patel over the soaring numbers of boats crossing the Channel, a media report claimed on Friday (11). Patel has also been facing the fury of some MPs over the use of Napier Barracks during the pandemic,…

Kamala Harris warns migrants in her first official trip to…

KAMALA HARRIS in an effort to deter immigration from Central America has warned migrants to not come to the United States. In this regard, the US vice president on Monday (7) had talks with Alejandro Giammattei, the Guatemalan president. Since Joe Biden took charge in January, the number of migrants…

Home office to unveil US-style digital visas to count migrants

UK home secretary Priti Patel is set to unveil a new US-style digital visa regime at the country’s borders in order to measure immigration levels in and out of the country, according to UK media reports on Sunday. The cabinet minister is to confirm the so-called "sweeping changes" to the…

Patel joins raids as police arrests suspected people smugglers

THE home secretary joined dawn raids carried out by police as suspected heads of people smuggling gang were arrested on Wednesday (19). The smugglers used minicabs and lorry drivers to move migrants in and out of the UK and Priti Patel said they were “treating innocent lives as a commodity…

Adil Ray in Twitter feud over Patel-slamming tweet

TV HOST Adil Ray has faced online backlash over his tweet in which he slammed home secretary Priti Patel for joining a police raid. The Good Morning Britain star took to Twitter to post a picture of the home secretary, calling her out for ‘posing for a photo opp’ while…

Japan pulls back bill after outcry over Sri Lankan student’s…

CRITICISM over the death of a Sri Lankan student in Japan has forced the country to withdraw a bill that would have made it easier to deport failed applicants for refugee status. Members of prime minister Yoshihide Suga's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have abandoned their attempt to pass an…

UK cops to work with Indian police to smash people…

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH officers will work with Indian police forces to tackle people smuggling gangs, it has emerged, as experts welcomed the move and called for an overhaul of the immigration rules. National Crime Agency (NCA) officers are expected to work in cities, including in Delhi and in…

Dealing with illegal immigrants

  By Amit Roy LAST week I pointed out the potential for an Indian Windrush scandal because of a new immigration agreement that was signed between the UK and Indian governments. “The agreement will enhance and accelerate the processes to return Indian nationals with no legal right to stay in…

UK defends by Eid immigration raid in Glasgow

THE UK government has defended an immigration raid that inflamed tensions in Glasgow's Muslim community at the start of Eid al-Fitr on Friday (14). The government clarified that there was no connection to the Islamic festival. Thursday's deportation raid targeted a property housing two illegal immigrants from India, who were…

Indo-UK extradition ties have improved: Priti Patel

THE extradition coordination between Indian and UK has fundamentally changed and improved, said Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel. A new India-UK Migration and Mobility Partnership (MMP) was signed between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Patel last week. MMP  aims to cover the whole spectrum of immigration issues, including streamlining extradition…

Indian banks back in UK court to pursue Vijay Mallya…

A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) was back for a High Court hearing in London on Friday in pursuit of a bankruptcy order against embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, as they attempt recovery of debt from loans paid out to his now-defunct Kingfisher…

Why the right to protest is vital in a democracy

  By Sailesh Mehta  IT IS in the nature of all governments, whether democratically elected or autocratic, to amass more and more power until their citizens say “enough”. Ministers of state do not like protesters. Bad ones crush all dissent; good ones allow just enough steam to escape before the…

Priti Patel announces the ‘biggest overhaul’ of UK’s asylum system…

THE British government on Wednesday (24) launched plans for what it said would be the biggest overhaul of asylum rules in decades, saying the current system was 'overwhelmed'. Home secretary Priti Patel said 'The New Plan for Immigration' would be based 'on genuine need of refuge, not on the ability…

Duncan Lewis Solicitors warned for abusing court system

A High Court judge has condemned a law firm for "abusing the court system with "utterly hopeless' cases. Over three years, Duncan Lewis Solicitors received £20 million as legal aid work for asylum and deportation cases, according to a report in The Times (20). Dame Victoria Sharp said applications submitted…

Priti Patel plans sweeping changes to asylum rules

BRITAIN is going to act tough and would soon stop adult migrants claiming to be children while seeking asylum in the country. Home secretary Priti Patel is set to bring in major changes to the asylum rules after refugees including a balding man in his 40s was found attending a…

Panorama alleges India role in ‘kidnapping’ of Dubai princess

By Amit Roy THE BBC’s flagship Panorama programme claimed last week that Indian commandos “kidnapped” Princess Latifa from her boat near the coast of Goa and allowed the drugged captive to be flown back in a private plane to her father, Sheikh Moham­med bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of…

UK launches new plan to boost vaccine uptake in all…

THE UK on Saturday(13) launched a new Covid-19 Vaccine Uptake Plan to boost vaccine uptake in vulnerable and under-served groups. It describes how the government and NHS England are partnering with directors of public health, charities and the faith sector to increase vaccine take up and ensure equal access. Data…

Vijay Mallya allowed access to UK court-held funds to meet…

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya was granted access to around £1.1 million from court-held funds to meet his living expenses and legal costs by the High Court in London on Monday. Deputy Insolvency and Companies Court Judge Nigel Barnett presided over a remote hearing to rule over the level of…

Arjun Rampal and Konkona Sen Sharma reunite for Aparna Sen’s…

By: Mohnish Singh Arjun Rampal, who was most recently seen in the thriller Nail Polish (2020) on ZEE5, has been roped in to star in the upcoming film The Rapist. The project will reunite the actor with award-winning actress Konkona Sen Sharma after a huge gap of eight years. The…

UK says all migrants are eligible for free Covid-19 vaccine…

MIGRANTS living in Britain will be eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccines regardless of whether they have the legal right to live and work in the country, the government said on Monday(8), adding that getting the shot would not trigger immigration checks. The Daily Mail newspaper has reported that those living…

Vijay Mallya has applied for ‘another route’ to stay in…

Vijay Mallya has applied to home secretary Priti Patel for "another route" to be able to stay in the UK, the liquor tycoon's barrister representing him in bankruptcy proceedings in the High Court of London confirmed during a remote hearing on Friday. The 65-year-old businessman, whose legal challenge to the…

Arjun Rampal turns baddie for Kangana Ranaut starrer Dhaakad

By Murtuza Iqbal Yesterday, the makers of Dhaakad had unveiled a new poster featuring Kangana Ranaut and she had announced the release date of the film. Today, they have unveiled the character poster of Arjun Rampal who plays the antagonist in the movie. Arjun took to Instagram to share the…

Kangana Ranaut starrer Dhaakad gets a release date

By Murtuza Iqbal Kangana Ranaut starrer Dhaakad was supposed to hit the big screens on Diwali 2020. But due to the pandemic, the shoot was postponed and the film got delayed. Now, a few days Kangana started shooting for the film, and today, the actress took to Instagram to announce…

UK needs ‘efficient and humane’ asylum system

By Nadeem Badshah ACTIVISTS and MPs have called for a radical shake-up after it emerged the number of asylum seekers waiting longer than six months for a deci­sion on their application has risen threefold. Figures show that there is a record backlog of 60,548 people waiting for an initial decision…

US Muslims press Organization of Islamic Cooperation on China

US Muslim groups pleaded on Thursday for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to speak out on China's mass incarceration of Uighurs, accusing the global body of abetting what some described as genocide. The OIC consists of 57 Muslim-majority nations and frequently takes up cases in which it believes Muslims are…

Ilford shopkeeper detained in hospital indefinitely for killing his children

Ilford shopkeeper who killed his two children during lockdown has been detained in hospital indefinitely. Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, of Aldborough Parade, Ilford was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday(10) for killing his children Pavinya(19 months) and Nigish (3) in April this year. He admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished…

‘Waive citizenship fees for children’

Report suggests reinstating birthright nationality and urges review of costs THE UK should celebrate citizenship and work to remove barriers such as “prohibitively expensive” fees, an inquiry found this week. The Barriers to Britishness report explored the difficulties faced by migrants who wish to take up UK citizenship, and it…

Lack of diversity ‘cannot be allowed to be shameful’: Supreme…

By S Neeraj Krishna THE UK Supreme Court president hopes to see a justice from an ethnic minority background before he retires in six years, observing that it will be “shameful” to ignore the lack of diversity in judiciary. Lord Reed, who succeeded Lady Hale earlier this year, also urged…

Patel pledges ‘biggest overhaul’ of UK’s ‘fundamentally broken’ asylum system

British home secretary Priti Patel on Sunday (4) promised the "biggest overhaul" in decades of the system for refugees seeking asylum in in the UK, which she says would be "firm and fair” in favour of genuine applicants and tough on those who are illegal migrants. The senior Cabinet minister…

Covid discontent brews as Tories convene for annual conference

BORIS JOHNSON faces mounting unease from his Conservative rank and file over the coronavirus pandemic as the party opens its annual conference on Saturday in a quieter virtual format. Instead of the usual tub-thumping speeches in cavernous halls and crowded drinks gatherings, the party faithful will follow proceedings online, depriving…

‘Grooming’ criminals of dual nationality will be deported, says Priti…

By S Neeraj Krishna PRITI PATEL has vowed to deport grooming gang members of dual nationality, asserting that the Conservatives were living up to the "party of law and order" tag. The home secretary noted that a series of "abhorrent" grooming crimes — mostly sexual exploitation by gangs of south…

Home Office urged to scrap ‘cruel and unjust’ visa rules…

  by LAUREN CODLING A HEALTHCARE worker has revealed the “living nightmare” of being put on the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) immigration status by the Home Office, as migrant groups called for the condi­tion to be scrapped. Sonia Rawal*, 36, has been put on NRPF twice after applying…

An effective Home office could offer ‘control with compassion’

  By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future IF THE Home Office “does not make decisions based on evidence, it instead risks making them on anecdote, as­sumption and prejudice”. That is the damning verdict of a Public Ac­counts Committee (PAC) report last week, which found the de­partment has ‘no idea’ what…

Britain’s first migrant camp to be operational next week

THE UK will open the country's first ‘migrant holding camp’ for people who have crossed the Channel in small boats from next week. The disused Kent military barracks were converted to camps where people will be housed during the processing of their asylum claims. According to reports, as many as…

Assange extradition hearing resumes in London

Supporters of Julian Assange on Monday(7) protested outside a London courtroom, calling for the WikiLeaks founder not to be extradited to the US for leaking secrets about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many brandished placards reading "Don't Extradite Assange" and "Journalism is not a crime!", as the 49-year-old Australian…

West Midlands police arrest man over Birmingham stabbings, rule out…

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the mass stabbings in Britain's second city Birmingham that left one person dead and two critically wounded, police said on Monday (7). The man was held on suspicion of murder and seven attempted murders that were carried out after midnight Saturday,…

Social media ‘challenging’ anti-trafficking efforts: UK police

A British law enforcement agency tackling organised crime on Thursday said social media companies were hindering efforts to combat people traffickers. Rob Jones, director of threat leadership at the National Crime Agency, said police had asked for the closure of 1,200 accounts linked to "immigration crime" in the first five…

Harris offers diversity, excitement for US Latino voters

"Tell me who you walk with, and I'll tell you who you are," proclaimed the first bilingual Spanish and English campaign ad by Democrat Joe Biden after he announced his running mate would be senator Kamala Harris. "An ally, a champion of the Latino community," the ad said of the…

Indian parents plead for return of children from Birmingham foster…

PARENTS of two minor children housed in a Birmingham foster care have appealed to British authorities to allow them to be reunited with their family in India. The couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had recently won a major UK court appeal that prevented the children from losing their…

Priti Patel fumes at ‘unacceptably high, shameful’ illegal Channel crossings

PRITI PATEL has described the volume of migrants crossing the English Channel as "appalling and unacceptably high", and called on France to help keep numbers down. The home secretary made her comments on social media the day after British border officials detained 235 migrants as they tried to cross the…

US reopens asylum case against man involved in Sheikh Mujibur…

The US has quietly reopened a nearly 15-year-old political asylum case against a convicted assassin of Bangladesh's "Father of the Nation" Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, according to media reports. The current government led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been persuading the US to extradite former Bangladesh Army officer MA…

No timeline set for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India: UK…

The UK government cannot set a timeline for extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya though it is determined to ensure that criminals can''t escape justice by crossing national borders, British High Commissioner Sir Philip Barton said on Thursday. Asked during an online media briefing whether Mallya has sought asylum in…

Indian banks pursue Mallya bankruptcy order in UK court

A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) are pursuing their bankruptcy order against liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya in the High Court in England, as they seek to establish that any settlement offer made by him is now “dead in the water”. In a hearing…

US top court says Sri Lankan asylum seeker cannot appeal…

The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that asylum seekers rejected in fast-track proceedings have no right to appeal in federal court, a victory for President Donald Trump. The ruling, supported by seven of the nine court justices, backed the Trump administration, which wants to accelerate the expulsion of thousands…

India asks UK not to consider any request for asylum…

India on Thursday said it has asked the UK not to consider any request for asylum by fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya as there appeared to be no ground for his persecution in the country. Last week, the UK government indicated that Mallya is unlikely to be extradited to India anytime…

Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India delayed as ‘legal issue’ needs…

VIJAY MALLYA is unlikely to be flown to India anytime soon, with the UK government pointing to a legal issue that needs to be resolved before arranging his extradition. Last month, the fugitive tycoon lost his appeal to move the UK Supreme Court against his extradition to India to face…

BAME voluntary organisations led the way

By Harris Bokhari [caption id="attachment_91900" align="alignleft" width="300"] Harris Bokhari (Photo credit: Alastair Fyfe)[/caption] The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed some of the pressing racial inequalities in our society. BAME individuals have been over-represented; in Covid-19 related deaths; working in professions which put them at greater risk of contracting the virus; and…

Law student, 19, dies in ‘shocking and senseless’ shooting while…

THE Lancashire Police has launched a manhunt after a law student, 19, was shot dead in a “shocking and senseless” attack just 100 metres from her home in Blackburn on Sunday (17). Officers found Aya Hachem lying unresponsive outside a Lidl store on King Street, following reports of gunshots in…

Missing Pakistan journalist found dead in Sweden

A Pakistan journalist living in exile in Sweden who has been missing since March has been found dead, police said Friday. "His body was found on April 23 in the Fyris river outside Uppsala," police spokesman Jonas Eronen said. Sajid Hussain, from the troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, was working…

Pakistani journalist exiled in Sweden missing: rights group

A Pakistani journalist living in exile in Sweden has been missing for nearly a month, stoking fears that his disappearance is tied to his reporting on Balochistan, a press rights group said on Tuesday (31). Sajid Hussain went missing on March 2, according to police. Originally from Pakistan's Balochistan province,…

Home Office’s ‘thoughtlessness and ignorance’ about race criticised

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future IN NORMAL times, the Windrush Lessons Learned report would have dominated the national news agenda for days, being among the most ex­traordinary dissections of a major department that any government has had to publish. Home secretary Priti Patel published the inde­pendent review within a…

Indian Uber driver sentenced for transporting individuals illegally entering the…

An Indian citizen, who worked as an Uber driver, has been sentenced to a year in prison for transporting individuals who had entered the US illegally in exchange for money. Jaswinder Singh, 30, most recently resided in Philadelphia. He was sentenced on Thursday to 12 months in prison for knowingly…

Indian guest house worker jailed for sex assaults on female…

An Indian guest house worker who pleaded guilty to sexual assault on two female guests in the north of England has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison. John Guntipilli-Souriappan, 35, who worked at Avalon Guest House in Leeds, sexually assaulted one of his victims as she…

Sri Lanka president says he is ‘victim’ of Swiss kidnap…

Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said Thursday the alleged kidnapping of a Swiss embassy staffer which triggered a diplomatic spat between Colombo and Bern had been concocted to discredit his election victory. A Sri Lankan national working for the Swiss mission in Colombo was arrested Monday for allegedly falsely claiming…

Leicester man jailed for multi-million pound money laundering

AN INDIAN-ORIGIN man convicted of being involved in a multi-million-pound money laundering operation has been jailed for eight years on Thursday (28). The Leicester resident was also disqualified from being a company director for eight years. Chauhan Vijay Yogendrasinh, 55, was the director of Belgrave-based Rushi Investments Limited - a company which appeared to…

‘The migration debate never stopped hounding settlers’

RUKHSANA AHMAD’S NEW PLAY HOMING BIRDS RECONNECTS AUDIENCES TO THEIR ROOTS A STRONG year for British Asian theatre concludes with the powerful play Homing Birds, which recently had its world premiere at Tara Theatre in London and runs until December 7. Kali Theatre’s founder Rukhsana Ahmad returns to the company…

Immigration policy: How open will Britain be?

by LAUREN CODLING THE ruling Conservative and opposition Labour parties both outlined their respective plans for immigration during election campaigns this week, without committing to numbers or confirming if migration will increase or decrease after Britain leaves the EU. Policies regarding immigration and a control over numbers entering the UK…

Activists call for legal asylum routes to end people smuggling

by NADEEM BADSHAH TOUGHER punishments are needed for people trafficking gangs after 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated trailer, lawyers and charities have urged. They have called for a fresh clampdown on criminals convicted of making a fortune from smuggling migrants to the UK, and more investment towards…

Faith groups receive Home Office funding to help deport rough…

THE Home Office has been funding faith and community organisations to help remove migrant rough sleepers from the UK, it was revealed on Tuesday (5). Thousands of pounds have been paid to faith and community groups to assist the Home Office with the removals. According to a list obtained by…

Indian state to take action against ‘rebels’ in UK

INDIA'S Manipur state government has decided to take action against two who declared Manipur's 'government-in-exile' in the UK. The state government has registered a police complaint and asked for a probe by a federal investigation agency. Manipur’s move has come after two people of the state - Yamben Biren and…

Separated migrant children to get better access to legal aid

A NEW British government legislation came into force today (25), which will enable vulnerable migrant children to get quicker and simpler access to legal aid. Migrant children who have been separated from their parents will benefit from the legislation. The Legal Aid for Separated Children Order 2019 will bring non-asylum…

UK police charge Pakistan MQM founder with terrorism offence

BRITISH police said on Thursday (10) they had charged the London-based founder of Pakistan's MQM movement, Altaf Hussain, with a terrorism offence in connection with a speech delivered in Karachi three years ago. Violence erupted in Karachi after the speech by Hussain was relayed over loudspeakers in the southern Pakistani…

Derby people smuggling gang leader, accomplices jailed  

A DERBY man has been jailed for coordinating a people-smuggling gang who couriered genuine British passports abroad to be used in illegal attempts to reach the UK. Mohamed Jamal Kawsara, 39, was jailed for three years at Derby Crown Court after pleading guilty to assisting in illegal immigration at an…

Activist Gulalai Ismail forced to flee Pakistan after accusing Army…

Gulalai Ismail's campaigns to empower Pakistani girls have won her international awards and recognition as one of her country's foremost activists. But when she spoke out against sexual violence and disappearances allegedly carried out by the army in northwestern Pakistan, her fortunes quickly changed. The 32-year-old said she feared for…

Kangana Ranaut immerses herself in Thalaivi and Dhaakad preparations

After delivering two successful movies – Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Judgementall Hai Kya – in 2019, Kangana Ranaut is making sure that the slate of her upcoming films for the year 2020 also looks thoroughly impressive. The three-time National Award-winning actress will kick-start 2020 with the release of…

Home Office urged to overhaul its asylum system to avoid…

THE British government has been urged to overhaul its systems to ensure that the Windrush generation mistakes are not repeated. Lessons Not Learned, the report published on Wednesday (18) by Freedom from Torture and seven other leading organisations, exposes the government's "historical and systemic failures of asylum decision-making." The report…

Asylum seeker told he was not ‘effeminate’ enough to be…

A MAN who was denied asylum in the UK because he was not "effeminate" enough will have his case retried, his lawyer has said. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was told by an immigration judge that he did not have a gay "demeanour" and did not…

Ethnic communities in northern England “ignored” in light of Brexit,…

by LAUREN CODLING ETHNIC communities in northern England have been “ignored” in light of the Brexit vote as politicians and media focus on the “white working class”, a new report has cautioned. Class, Race and Inequality in Northern Towns showed that the focus on the “mythical white working class” had…

Maldives asylum-seeking politician’s life at risk: British Lawyer  

FORMER Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor has sought political asylum from India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country, a UK lawyer from the firm representing the politician said on Friday (2). Ghafoor Thursday (1) reached India via sea route on the…

Tommy Robinson begs Trump to grant him asylum in US

BRITISH far-right activist Tommy Robinson yesterday (8) launched a public appeal for Donald Trump to grant him political asylum in the US. In an interview on InfoWars channel, the co-founder of English Defence League founder said he feels like he was "two days away from being sentenced to death in…

Singer Garry Sandhu set to return to Birmingham, eight years…

AN INDIAN singer who was deported from the UK more than eight years ago is set to return to the country to headline a music event later this year. Punjabi singing sensation Garry Sandhu is set to return to Birmingham to take part in Bhangra extravaganza E3UK Live at Arena…

UK to deport woman to Pakistan where she faces forced…

A YOUNG woman who has been offered an opportunity to study at some of Britain's most prestigious universities, has appealed against an deportation order that will see her sent to Pakistan, where her father is demanding she marry her older cousin. The woman, whose identity is being concealed to protect…

Indian-American population climbs by 38 per cent between 2010-2017: Report

THE population of Indian-origin people in America grew by 38 per cent in seven years between 2010 and 2017, a South Asian advocacy group has said in its latest demographic report. There are at least 630,000 Indians who are undocumented, a 72 per cent increase since 2010, the South Asian…

Six-year-old Indian migrant girl died in Arizona desert as mother…

A six-year-old girl from India died of heat stroke in an Arizona desert after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and US Border Patrol said on Friday (14). The girl, Gurupreet Kaur, soon to celebrate her seventh birthday, was found by US…

Dalai Lama counters book’s claim about Xi meeting in Delhi

The Dalai Lama on Tuesday (21) sought to defuse a diplomatic controversy caused by a new book which said the Tibetan spiritual leader and China's President Xi Jinping had agreed to meet in 2014 but India refused to host the event. In Defining India - Through Their Eyes, author Sonia…

Pakistani activist says he could face death penalty if UK…

A CHRISTIAN man is fighting a Home Office decision to deport him, saying he feared for his life if he returned back to Pakistan. Azeem Wazir arrived in Bristol four years ago after he was accused of dishonouring Islam. Multiple fatwahs were issued against him for his involvement in a…

Asia Bibi arrives in Canada after blasphemy acquittal

A Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy before she was freed last year has left the country for Canada. Her lawyer confirmed to the media that she has reunited with her family in Canada. “It is a big day,” Saiful Malook told the…

Julian Assange’s arrest an ‘attack on journalism’

A group of eminent intellectuals in India has criticised the arrest of WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange, saying his arrest "attacks on freedom of the press and its right to publish." In a statement, the six public figures have also called for his immediate release. The statement was signed…

Trump could send illegal migrants to ‘sanctuary cities’

US president Donald Trump has said he is seriously considering funnelling detained illegal migrants into the self-declared sanctuary cities that oppose his tough immigration policies. Trump's announcement on Twitter reversed a previous White House assurance that the idea - criticised as political retribution against cities led by opposition Democrats -…

Imran Khan says Asia Bibi will leave Pakistan ‘in weeks’

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan has promised that Christian mother Asia Bibi will leave the country in a few week's time. Bibi was freed from death row on blasphemy charges five months back, and despite Canada giving her asylum she is yet to leave Pakistan. "There is a little bit…

‘Modi was shocked and went into instant defence mode’

by AMIT ROY THE Daily Telegraph journalist who tracked down Nirav Modi to an apartment in the Centre Point building next to Tottenham Court Road Tube station in London has spoken at length about the runaway diamond jeweller who has become a big election issue in India. In his reports,…

Asia Bibi’s daughter begs Pakistan to allow mother to join…

THE DAUGHTER of a Pakistani Christian mother freed from a blasphemy death sentence has pleaded her mother be allowed to leave the country. Asia Bibi's youngest daughter, 18-year-old Eisham Aashiq, has been living with her sister Esha, 21, in a secret location in Canada since December after prime minister Justin…

Indian fugitive billionaire Nirav Modi tracked down in London

FUGITIVE billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi, accused in the $2 billion PNB fraud case, is living openly in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business, a British daily reported on Saturday (9). Modi, 48, is currently living in a three-bedroom…

Asia Bibi “very unwell” in Pakistan safe house

A PAKISTANI Christian mother freed from a blasphemy death sentence in the country, is said to be "very unwell." Asia Bibi's health is failing and she is being denied access to medical care, MailOnline reported. Although Bibi is free to leave the country, her freedom is now being blocked by…

Asia Bibi’s lawyer seeking European passport

The Pakistani lawyer who secured the acquittal of a Christian woman facing the death sentence for blasphemy is himself seeking protection from European governments, his French lawyer told AFP on Friday. Saif-ul-Mulook has been targeted by death threats since his the spectacular acquittal of his client Asia Bibi, a labourer…

Hardliners call for protests as Bibi expected to leave Pakistan

Pakistani religious hardliners called on Wednesday (30) for protests as Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the centre of a years-long blasphemy row, was expected to leave the country having cleared a last legal hurdle. Although no protesters had yet gathered, a heavy contingent of police could be seen on…

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Asia Bibi acquittal

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Tuesday (29) rejected a challenge against its decision to acquit Asia Bibi of blasphemy, igniting calls for the Christian mother to finally be allowed to leave the country where she still faces threats to her life. The ruling by the country's highest court paves the way…

Lack of jobs in India drove migrants on to boat…

In a dark alleyway no wider than arms' length, a single ladies' shoe is all that remains on the boarded-up doorstep of Prabhu Dhandapani, his wife and their eight-year-old daughter. Prabhu, 30, was one of around 50 residents of a refugee community in New Delhi who left the capital to…

Asia Bibi’s case to be decided by Pakistan’s Supreme Court…

Pakistan's Supreme Court will decide on January 29 whether to allow an appeal against its acquittal of a Christian woman at the centre of a blasphemy row, a lawyer involved in the case said on Thursday. If the court refuses to allow the appeal, it will remove the last legal…

Trump promises citizenship path for skilled workers

President Donald Trump said he would make it easier for top-skilled workers to stay in the United States and become citizens, offering uncharacteristic praise for immigrants' contributions. Trump pledged to reform coveted H1-B visas, for which three-quarters of applicants are from India, most of them in the technology sector. "H1-B holders…

Sajid Javid invited to special performance of The Jungle

The Good Chance Theatre and the National Theatre have invited Home Secretary Sajid Javid to a special performance of The Jungle, a show on refugees based in Calais. This offer comes after Javid was criticised for questioning whether people risking their lives to cross the English Channel were "genuine" refugees.…

Rohingyas fleeing India for Bangladesh

As India faces censure for repatriating a Rohingya Muslim family to Myanmar last week, an official told AFP that dozens of Rohingyas have already fled India for Bangladesh in the past few days. According to Bangladesh border officials and police, the fear of deportation to Myanmar has prompted the recent…

UN refugee agency express regret over India’s decision to repatriate…

The UN refugee agency has sought clarification from India over its decision to repatriate a group of Rohingya to Myanmar. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has voiced concerns over the unconducive conditions for such returns. In a press briefing on Friday (4), Farhan Haq, the…

Foreign students from top US colleges should stay on to…

US president Donald Trump has urged foreign students from top educational institutions in the country to stay behind and help in the growth of America. Trump, addressing a press conference, said the US was "losing out on great minds" as the country has a "ridiculous" immigration policy.     “We have…

Protecting Christians

by Amit Roy BRITISH foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt is quite right to announce that the UK will use its moral authority to speak up for an estimated 215 million persecuted Christians around the world. However, his words would carry greater conviction if Britain were seen to be less reluctant to…

Asia Bibi’s lawyer wants to return to Pakistan

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman cleared of blasphemy charges, spent Christmas in a safe house in Islamabad, and it is not immediately known when another country will agree to take her in. Saif ul Malook, the lawyer who represented her, fled his country two months ago and he believes…

Paedophile ‘faces deportation to India’

A PAEDOPHILE faces deportation to India after the home secretary revoked his UK citizenship after it emerged that the man lied on his application form. Known only as RSD, the man was jailed for 14 years after he was convicted in 2011 of 23 counts of sexual abuse of “a…

‘Race and gender bias bar lawyers from being hired’

by Nadeem Badshah LEADING Asian lawyers have revealed the sexism and racism they have faced from clients and have called for more people in the industry to speak out. The issue was highlighted by Rehana Popal, Britain’s only Afghan-born female barrister, who wrote on Twitter she was forced to drop…

Conservative Party Vice Chairman Rehman Chishti Quits Over Brexit Deal,…

Mounting further pressure on British prime minister Theresa May, Gillingham and Rainham MP, Rehman Chishti has resigned on Thursday (15) as Conservative party junior vice chairman and prime minister’s trade envoy to Pakistan. Two reasons -  the draft agreement prepared for leaving the EU as well as the UK's handling…

Prime minister May says she’s concerned for safety of Pakistani…

Prime minister Theresa May on Wednesday (13) pledged to protect Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, but stopped short of offering her asylum in the UK. May said her "primary concern" was the safety of Bibi and her family, but Britain is yet to grant them asylum, their lawyer Saif ul Mulook…

Leaders Urge UK Government To Give Asylum For Pakistani Woman…

The UK has the moral responsibility to offer asylum for Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi who recently acquitted of blasphemy, said British Conservative MP Rehman Chisti. His statement came after former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson urged the UK government to support her as her life is in danger. Bibi…

Justin Trudeau in talks to bring freed Asia Bibi to…

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that his government was holding talks with Pakistan over potentially offering asylum to Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently freed from prison after her blasphemy conviction was overturned. "We are in discussions with the Pakistani government," Trudeau said in an interview with AFP in Paris,…

Foreign policy ethics

by Amit Roy DAVID CAMERON, who was the UK prime minister for six years from 2010-2016, is still only 52. So what is he to do, considering he might have another 20-25 years of public service left? He could get a job in the private sector with a fat salary,…

Asia Bibi freed from prison after blasphemy death sentence

A Pakistani Christian woman has been freed from prison a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, and she is now at a secure location for fear of attacks on her, officials said on Thursday. The release of Asia Bibi, a mother of…

Pakistan blasphemy Christian still in jail one week on

One week after the country's highest court ordered her release, a Pakistani Christian who has spent eight years on death row for blasphemy was still in prison on Wednesday (7), with no immediate prospect of freedom. Thousands of Islamists poured onto the streets in protest after supreme court judges overturned Asia…

Lawyer of freed Christian woman leaves Pakistan a “prime target”

The Pakistani lawyer who helped free a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy said on Monday (5) he had been forced to flee to the Netherlands for his life, and has no idea where his client is. Lawyer Saiful Mulook, who defended Asia Bibi in a case that has…

Asia Bibi’s husband pleads for asylum in UK

The husband of a Pakistani Christian woman at the centre of a divisive blasphemy case has pleaded for international help to leave the country, saying he feared for his family's safety. The request by Asia Bibi's husband Ashiq Masih came a day after he criticised a government deal with hardline…

My Top 10 Theatre moments

By Seema Bowri. Dishoom! I’m currently playing Bibi in this play. The way Gurpreet Bhatti portrays the subject of disability within this Punjabi family in the 1970s really excited me. I have a brother with learning difficulties and autism so this play connects with certain memories from my own childhood. There are many great scenes in the play,…

UK Visa Charges to Rise for Indians, Non-EU Immigrants from…

UK visa fee for the non-European Union (EU) countries including India is set to rise as the British government is on its way to double the immigration health surcharge (IHS) from December this year. IHS introduced in April 2015, will move up from £200 to £400 a year with the…

India’s Rohingya refugees struggle with hatred, fear as first group…

Hours after Indian TV channels flashed that the country was deporting seven Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, Sahidullah said he received a call from his nephew: "Uncle, please get us out of here. They will send us back too." Sahidullah, a Rohingya living in the far north of India after fleeing…

UN blasts India’s deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar

The UN voiced alarm on Friday (6) over India's deportation of seven Rohingya men to Myanmar despite warnings they could face persecution in a country where the military is accused of genocide against the Muslim minority. The UN refugee agency said it was "greatly concerned" for the safety and security of…

New play based on Indian fables to debut on London…

by LAUREN CODLING THE first-ever stage adaptation of a collection of Indian fables is set to premiere in south London on Wednesday (3). Shamser Sinha is the writer behind Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree, a production based on ancient Indian fables called The Panchatantra. Combining three tales into one…

Six Indian nationals among several arrested by US immigration authorities

Following a month-long crackdown, US authorities arrested more than 300 people, including six Indian Americans, for criminal activities and violating the country's immigration laws. The 30-day crackdown by the US Immigration and Customers Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations across the six states of Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin…

Police get more time to question man arrested over Westminster…

BRITISH police on Wednesday (15) obtained more time to question a man arrested outside the Houses of Parliament for attempted murder and suspected terrorism after a car ploughed into cyclists before crashing into protective barriers. Three people were injured when the 29-year-old, named by media as Salih Khater, careered over…

Crackdown on illegal immigrants in US: Indians among over 100…

Indians are among the more than 100 people who have been detained by the US border patrol and immigration officials in a crackdown on illegal immigrants living and entering the country. However, the exact number of Indians who were arrested have not been revealed. About 45 people were arrested by…

Alarm at sale of fake ID papers on social media

by NADEEM BADSHAH PLATFORMS URGED TO STOP VULNERABLE ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES FROM BEING EXPLOITED MIGRANTS are being targeted by fraudsters selling fake British passports on Facebook, an East­ern Eye investigation has found. Criminals are openly selling bogus travel documents and ID cards on the social media website for between £800…

Indian-American condemns detention of Sikhs in the US

An Indian American businessman has condemned the detention of Sikhs in the United States of America and said an investigation was underway to look into the incident.   “The matter is under investigation,” Sant Singh Chatwal told news agency ANI. “We are checking on their involvement (with the contingent of…

Crime victims face arrest

by NADEEM BADSHAH ABUSE SURVIVORS ‘REPORTED OVER IMMIGRATION STATUS’ MIGRANT victims of trafficking, do­mestic violence and slavery are be­ing detained in immigration removal centres after contacting police for help, according to lawyers. Twenty-seven UK police forces have admitted to reporting victims of crime to the Home Office over their immigration…

Britain ‘pricing migrants out’

by NADEEM BADSHAH OUTRAGE AMID ‘PROHIBITIVE’ COST OF VISA AND PASSPORT APPLICATION FEES MIGRANTS in the UK – among them doctors and nurses – are facing poverty due to the rocketing price of Home Offices fees, lawyers and cam­paigners have warned. They have hit out at the rising charges for asylum,…

Interpol issues red notice for fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi

INTERPOL has issued a red notice request to find and arrest fugitive Indian billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, who is at the heart of a $2 billion-plus bank fraud case, the international agency said on its website. Federal police last month asked Interpol to issue a red notice to locate Modi,…

Rogue lawyers trade on false hope

by NADEEM BADSHAH IMMIGRANTS ARE BEING TARGETED AS THEY ARE LESS LIKELY TO GO TO THE AUTHORITIES ROGUE solicitors are overcharging immigrants in Britain thousands of pounds for legal support - and in some cases do not carry out any work. Charities have warned that migrants wanting to extend their visa…

PNB scam: Mehul Choksi does not want to return to…

Billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi's uncle Mehul Choksi, who is a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, has expressed his reluctance to return to India saying he's scared of the current mob lynching trend in the country. Choksi wrote to a special CBI court on Wednesday requesting…

Nikki Haley asked to resolve issue of 52 Indians held…

Nikki Haley was on Thursday urged to resolve the issue of the 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, who are currently held at a detention centre in the United States of America. Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa interacted with Haley during her visit to Gurudwara Sis Ganj…

Nearly 100 Indians held at 2 detention centres in US

Nearly 100 Indians, mostly from Punjab, have been detained in two detention centres in the United States of America for entering the country illegally through the country's southern border. The Indian mission in the US has established contact with two immigration detention centres. According to Press Trust of India, about…

5 Salman Khan blockbusters which are the remakes of South…

1. Kick Salman Khan starrer Kick (2014) is the remake of 2009 Telugu film with the same name. The Telugu film featured Ravi Teja and Ileana D'Cruz in the lead roles whereas Jacqueline Fernandez featured along with Salman Khan the Bollywood remade. 2014 Kick was directed by Sajid Nadiadwala and…

52 Indians held at Oregon detention centre in US

It's imperative that the United States of America return to its previous role as a beacon of hope for immigrants, believe Democratic lawmakers who recently visited a detention centre in Oregon where a group of 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, has been detained. According to reports, Indians form the largest group…

India says fugitive celebrity jeweller Nirav Modi last seen in…

Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi was last seen in Britain in March, Indian federal investigators said on Monday (18). The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing a multi-billion dollar scam allegedly involving Modi, who is worth $1.73 billion according to Forbes, placing him 85th on India's rich list. "Request letters…

INDIA SEEKS NIRAV MODI EXTRADITION

Billionaire fugitive jeweller wants asylum in Britain INDIAN authorities have urged Britain to extradite a fugitive billionaire businessman who has reportedly sought asylum in the UK. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) confirmed they had sent a request to Interpol to issue a notice seeking the de­tention of Nirav Modi,…

Indian billionaire jeweller seeks asylum in the UK

INDIAN billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, wanted over an alleged massive bank fraud, has fled to Britain where he is seeking asylum, according to a report Monday (11). Modi, whose celebrity clients have included actress Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet, is accused of involvement in a $1.8 billion scam against Punjab…

Fear and isolation for Myanmar’s remaining Rohingya

By the twisted standards of Myanmar's Rakhine state, Abdullah is one of its more fortunate Rohingya residents. The 34-year-old is alive, his village is intact and he is able to make a living -- albeit a meagre one -- in his homeland as a farmer. Abdullah's Rohingya Muslim minority are…

Teenage Parsons Green Tube bomber jailed for life

An 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker was today sentenced to life imprisonment for placing a bomb on a London underground train which partially exploded, injuring 51 people last year. Ahmed Hassan was directed to serve a minimum of 34 years behind bars before being considered for parole at the end of…

Parsons Green bomb suspect said it was his “duty to…

JURORS in the trial of a teenager accused of an attempted London Underground bombing on Monday (13) heard that he had said it was his "duty to hate Britain" well before the botched attack in September. Ahmed Hassan, an 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker, arrived in Britain in October 2015, two…

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

SRI LANKA declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday (6) to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after clashes erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community. Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over…

Justin Trudeau’s India visit: Here are a few things Canadian…

Justin Trudeau is set to visit India from February 17 to 23, and Amnesty International wants the Canadian Prime Minister to discuss six things, which includes the criminalization of marital rape, with India during his time in the sub continent. The letter lays “out a number of pressing human rights concerns…

Trump proposes to end visa lottery; favours skilled workers

US President Donald Trump has proposed to end the visa lottery system in favour of reducing backlogs of highly-skilled workers, a plan which may benefit thousands of Indian IT professionals who are currently having several decades of waiting period to get their Green Cards. If passed by the Congress and…

New report calls for overhaul of immigration system

by LAUREN CODLING FOREIGN students should be removed from the net migration target and highly-skilled workers be given more weight in the UK immigration system, a new parliamentary report has recommended. Calls for the government to reduce its target of net migration by “tens of thousands” was a further recommendation…

New Jersey man from India stripped of US citizenship

A naturalized American from India has been stripped of his US citizenship, the first case under a government initiative designed to clamp down on fraudulent immigration, widened under the Trump administration. Baljinder Singh, 43, from Carteret, New Jersey became a naturalized citizen in 2006 after marrying his American wife. But he arrived…

Four Sri Lanka migrants cleared of people trafficking in Canada

A Canadian court on Thursday (27) acquitted four Sri Lankan migrants charged with smuggling 74 of their compatriots into the country almost a decade ago. "In October 2009, 76 young men from Sri Lanka arrived near Canadian waters on a migrant ship which had traveled for 40 to 45 days across the Pacific seeking refuge…

British Sikhs jailed for smuggling Afghans into UK

Three British Sikhs have been jailed for a total of 19 years for helping about 70 illegal Afghan immigrants sneak into the UK by misusing passports in a £600,000 scam. Cousins Daljit Kapoor, 41, Harmit Kapoor, 42, and Davinder Chawla, 44, had admitted to conspiring to help foreigners get into…

Indians issued maximum work visas to UK in 2016

Indian nationals were issued the maximum number of skilled work visas to live and work in the UK last year, according to statistics released today. Indians accounted for 58 per cent of the total skilled work visas granted last year -- 53,863 of a total of 93,566. Americans were the…

Comment: England’s new mayors could lead the way on integration

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future [caption id="attachment_9576" align="alignleft" width="231"] Sunder Katwala[/caption] NEW mayors taking office across England this week - from the West Midlands and Greater Manchester to the West of England or Cambridge and Peterborough - will each face a distinct set of challenges and opportunities in the…

Call for deputy mayors to tackle integration in major cities

by REENA KUMAR An integration strategy giving power to deputy mayors should be implemented to heal deepening divisions that have emerged since the Brexit referendum, according to a new report on social cohesion. The appointment of a new deputy mayor for integration in each region in Britain has been proposed…

Deportation Scandal: Inquiry into Indian students sent home

A parliamentary inquiry will be held into the treatment of international students, most of whom were Indian, who were accused of cheating on English language tests and deported from the UK. The Home Affairs Select Committee, chaired by Labour MP Keith Vaz, launched the investigation into the Home Office response…

Britain grants refugee status to ex-president of Maldives – lawyer

Britain has granted refugee status to Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, who was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew international criticism, his lawyer said on Monday. Nasheed, the Maldives’ first democratically elected president, was allowed to go to Britain in January for medical treatment after President…

Calais migrant camp shutdown to be shut down Hollande confirms

PRESIDENT Francois Hollande said on Monday (September 26) that France will completely shut down “the Jungle” migrant camp in Calais by year-end and called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain. “The situation is unacceptable and everyone…

Man confesses to Asad Shah murder

A 32-year-old man from Bradford has admitted killing a Glasgow shopkeep-er in a religiously motivated attack. Tanveer Ahmed stabbed Asad Shah outside his shop in the Shawlands area on March 24. He later died in hospital. The 40-year-old, who was an Ahmadiyya Muslim, was attacked after publishing hundreds of videos…

Poet Caroline Smith reveals the experiences of asylum seekers and…

An immigration caseworker has drawn on her experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers to pen their often “heart-breaking” and “spirit-sapping” tales in a new poetry collection. Caroline Smith, who has carried out the role in Wembley for 15 years in her MP-husband Barry Gardiner’s constituency office, reveals the…

Bradford man admits killing Glasgow shopkeeper

A 32-year-old man from Bradford has admitted killing a Glasgow shopkeeper in a religiously motivated attack. Tanveer Ahmed stabbed Asad Shah outside his shop in the Shawlands area on March 24, he later died in hospital. The 40-year-old who was an Ahmadiyya Muslim was attacked after publishing hundreds of videos…

Oktoberfest raise security level after recent attacks

ORGANISERS of the world’s biggest beer festival, Munich’s Oktoberfest, have raised security after Islamist attacks in Germany last month, including banning rucksacks, introducing security checks at all entrances and erecting fencing. Drawing some six million tourists, the Oktoberfest is a major highlight of the year for residents and visitors alike.…

Man jailed for Asad Shah murder

A 32-year-old man has been locked up for life after he admitted killing Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah for “disrespecting” Islam. Sunni Muslim Tanveer Ahmed, from Bradford, stabbed Shah outside his store in Shawlands on March 24 after watching videos the victim had posted online about his beliefs. Ahmed was told…

No compromise in sight, EU ministers at odds over immigration

EUROPEAN Union interior ministers were at odds yesterday (November 19) over how to handle immigration, with heated discussions between states who want more burden sharing and those who oppose any kind of obligatory relocation. “We are looking for compromises but at the moment they are not there,” said Thomas De…

German Christmas market suspect is 23-year-old from Pakistan

Investigators suspect the driver of a truck that ploughed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48, is a 23-year-old from Pakistan who committed the act intentionally in a terrorist attack, police said on Tuesday (20). The truck crashed into people gathered on Monday…

UK asylum claims drop despite rising refugee crisis

The number of people applying for asylum in Britain in 2016 was just over 38,500, falling for the first time in six years, official data showed on Thursday. But refugee advocates said the drop was no cause for celebration, with ever more people fleeing their homes in an increasingly dangerous…

Trump’s immigration plans could impact 300,000 Indian-Americans

Nearly 300,000 Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Donald Trump administration’s sweeping plans that put the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. President Trump has laid the groundwork for potentially deporting millions of undocumented immigrants by issuing new guidance that drastically broadens the ways in…

Right to Rent housing scheme ‘racist’

A scheme requiring British landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants discriminates against foreign nationals and Britons from ethnic minorities, a charity said on Monday (13). The Right to Rent scheme, part of wider measures by the British government to tackle illegal immigration, threatens landlords and letting agents…

Sri Lanka says it is safe for failed asylum seekers…

Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday (February 15) that failed asylum seekers held in Australian-run detention centres in the South Pacific will not face prosecution or harm if they return home. Wickremesinghe’s comment comes as Australia increases pressure on failed asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus…

Sri Lanka says it is safe for failed asylum seekers…

Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday (February 15) that failed asylum seekers held in Australian-run detention centres in the South Pacific will not face prosecution or harm if they return home. Wickremesinghe’s comment comes as Australia increases pressure on failed asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus…