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Unite: Legal aid cuts “could hit 650,000 vulnerable people”

Proposals in the Justice bill could deny 650,000 people legal aid and advice to help them with housing, employment and immigration problems, Unite has said.

The largest union in the country with members in advice centres across the UK, said that the plans unveiled by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke represented “the raw cruelty and cynicism” underpinning the coalition’s claims that “we are all in this together”.
 

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79 irregular migrants deported from Italy

Last week 79 non-EU irregular immigrants were deported from Italy using different flights, Ministry of Home Affairs has said. They were mainly Tunisians, Egyptians and Moroccans.

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Europe criticized for closing borders to refugees

Malmström: “I can see that xenophobia is on the rise”

European countries should show “more solidarity, tolerance and responsibility” in their asylum and migration policies, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström has said. “We need to translate these principles into concrete action.”

She observed that solidarity, tolerance, and mutual respect between countries and people are values that have been cherished and protected by politicians and citizens in the EU for more than half a century.

“They have been fought for, and are still being fought for, in many parts of the world where such fundamental principles cannot be taken for granted. I am therefore saddened and concerned to see that these values risk losing respect and support around Europe,” she said.
 

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OSCE: Human trafficking for labour exploitation modern-day slavery

Human trafficking for labour exploitation is a new form of slavery that occurs on a massive scale, the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, has said.

Ms. Giammarinaro emphasized that trafficking for labour exploitation is best prevented by building a fair and democratic society that respects human rights and workers' rights and bans all forms of exploitation, including exploitation of migrant workers.
 

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Europe investigating migrant deaths in Mediterranean

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has launched an inquiry into who is responsible for the more than 1,000 “boat people” thought to have perished in the Mediterranean since January 2011 while trying to reach European soil from North Africa.

Following a request for an inquiry signed by 34 members of the Assembly, PACE’s Migration Committee today appointed Mrs. Tineke Strik to prepare a report on “Lives lost in the Mediterranean sea: who is responsible?”
 

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