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Green: Unnecessary immigration appeals to end

New rule restricts evidence an applicant can rely on at an appeal hearing

Evidence submitted after a visa application has been made will not be considered, Immigration Minister Damian Green has said.

Announcing Section 19 of the UK Borders Act 2007 which will come into force on 23rd May 2011, Mr. Green said: “People wishing to remain in the UK under the Points Based System are required to submit all relevant evidence in support of their application at the time that application is made. This enables caseworkers to make the right decision in the first instance, often avoiding unnecessary and expensive publicly funded appeals. It also protects the integrity of the immigration system, ensuring all necessary checks can be made and any deception identified.”
 

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PACE delegation to assess situation of "boat people" in Lampedusa

A five-member delegation of parliamentarians from the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will visit the Italian island of Lampedusa on 23rd and 24th May to assess the large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on Europe’s southern shores.

The cross-party delegation will evaluate the challenges faced by the Italian authorities and those of the local Lampedusa community in receiving large numbers of “boat people”.
 

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Women's Aid: "All forms of rape are very serious"

Proposals to improve conviction of rape should reflect seriousness of the offence
 
Proposals to cut sentences for those who plead guilty to rape fly in the face of the government commitment to address violence against women and girls, Women’s Aid has said.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke told MPs last night that he will press ahead with proposals to cut sentences by up to half for those who plead guilty when charged with rape.
 

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All rape is serious, says Clarke

Justice Secretary insisted that he had not intended to cause offence

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has been forced to make a public declaration that he regards "all rape as a serious crime" after he sparked a furore with comments suggesting he drew a distinction between "serious, proper rapes" and others.

Labour leader Ed Miliband demanded Mr Clarke's sacking after a series of broadcast interviews in which the Justice Secretary defended controversial Government proposals to halve the sentences of some rapists if they made early guilty pleas.
 

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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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