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Pope calls for an end to violence in Libya

Pope Benedict XVI has made a fresh call for an end to violence in Libya. The Pope said that he continues "to follow with great apprehension the dramatic armed conflict in Libya, which has caused a great number of victims and suffering above all among the civil population.”
 

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Young refugees denied student finance support

Children’s Legal Centre: “Higher education must be an experience and investment open to all”

Young people seeking asylum from countries such as Afghanistan and Iran, who have been given permission to stay in the UK because it is not safe for them to return, have had their educational prospects thrown into doubt, Children’s Legal Centre has said.

These students, who have been in the care of social services because they arrived alone without their parents or carers, used to pay the same as UK-born students for university fees and were granted access to student loans. But they have now been told they must pay the same fees as international students – and they are no longer allowed to access student loans.
 

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New student visa to keep off UK 90,000 immigrants

Green: “I am delighted that the policy has been so welcomed by the sector”

The new student visa policy is estimated to keep away from the UK about 90,000 people every year, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said.

In a written response to Mr. John Howell, MP for Henley who sought to know the likely effect of the policy on the number of visas issued in the 12 months following its implementation, Mr. Green said: “The policy will be fully implemented by the end of 2012. From then on, the estimated reduction is about 70,000 main applicant visas a year, plus a further reduction in student dependants of about 20,000.”
 

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UK opts in to EU Directive on passenger name records

Green: The UK will back stringent data protection requirements

The UK will opt-in to an EU directive which will require travel providers to pass on data about those they are carrying, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said.

These passenger name records – which will include information such as booking details and travel history – will provide the UK with better intelligence to fight terrorism and other serious crime.
 

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Green: Govt will reduce net immigration to tens of thousands

He blames previous government for failing to reduce number of immigrants coming into UK

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to drastically reduce the number of immigrants coming into the UK.

“We will of course meet our commitment to reduce net immigration to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament,” Immigration Minister Damian Green said.
 

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