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MPs: Points Based System better, but must be improved

At least 181,000 foreign workers could be in the UK illegally

MPs are concerned that the UK Border Agency is not doing enough to protect resident workers and ensure that migrant workers and sponsoring employers comply with immigration rules.

A new report by the Committee of Public Accounts has revealed that the UKBA has not monitored migrants’ right to remain to make sure migrant workers leave when they are supposed to.
 

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Implement gender-sensitive labour migration policies, States told

IOM: Demand for female labour migrants constantly growing

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) member States have been advised to develop and implement gender-sensitive labour migration policies.

Goran Svilanovic, the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, said: “Effective implementation of gender-sensitive labour migration policies is essential for all OSCE participating States since it can help them realize hitherto untapped economic gains which are particularly needed in these times of crisis. In addition, improved conditions for female labour migrants would also have a positive impact on overall stability and security.”

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UK stops Vulture Funds from preying on poor countries

Government keen on protecting poor countries from exploitative practices of Vulture Funds

Creditors will no longer be able to exploit the poorest countries in the world through the UK courts. This is because the House of Commons has approved a legislation to make permanent The Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010.

The legislation approved on 16th May, will stop creditors, including so-called Vulture Funds, from using the UK courts to extract harsh and inequitable payments from poor countries for debts that the companies may in some cases have bought for a fraction of the cost.
 

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Dengue fever cases double among UK travellers

"It is advisable to wear appropriate clothing to cover up"

Reports of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne infection, have more than doubled in UK travellers from 166 reported cases in 2009 to 406 in 2010, new figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have revealed.

Dengue fever does not occur in the UK and the highest proportion of cases were associated with travel to India - 84 cases (21 per cent) and Thailand - 61 cases (15 per cent).
 

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Berlin meeting plans ANC’s centenary celebrations

The African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa will celebrate its 100th anniversary on 8th January 2012. Preparations are in full swing to mark this important year in the South African calendar. Since May 1994, the ANC has led the national cabinet in a new democratic dispensation after the demise of the apartheid system.

The centenary is a world celebration. It is an important narrative of the struggle for freedom during the 20th century. It is a recollection of the contribution of the world to the eradication of the draconian system of apartheid. It is a celebration of humanity and friendship across boundaries of race, creed, and geographical location. It is a celebrity of unity among people of the world, from all walks of life against evil; because never has the world been united in one resolute manner as it did during the struggle for freedom in South Africa.
 

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