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Immigration news

Stop cuts to child asylum support, UNISON tells UKBA

Unaccompanied child asylum seekers are vulnerable, help them rebuild their lives

UNISON Chief Dave Prentis has written to the Acting Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), warning over the dangers of cutting funds paid to councils for caring and supporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers.

Cuts of up to 15% to some local authorities are set to create a two tier system, with child asylum seekers receiving significantly worse care.

Under the Children’s Act, and equality duties, local authorities have a legal duty to all young children, regardless of where they are from, and these cuts mean many councils are in danger of flouting these duties.

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Italian universities now accepting applications from foreign students

Foreigners living abroad who would like to come to Italy for university studies can now apply for pre-enrolment for the next academic year.

They must submit applications at the Italian Embassies in their home countries.

The deadline for submitting applications will be established by each Embassy, so it is advisable to check with the Embassy in one’s home country as soon as possible.

In July, the Embassies will forward the applications to the chosen universities.

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Obama: "Our patchwork heritage is an enormous strength"

He tells UK Parliament: "We do not define citizenship based on race or ethnicity"

Perhaps not one of US President Barack Obama’s best speeches, some commentators may say, but we were nonetheless moved and inspired.

The grandson of a Kenyan who served as a cook in the British Army (and who was imprisoned and tortured in 1949 by the British during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence) made us once again proud of the culture we have the privilege of belonging to, whether we were born here or not. A culture that the United Kingdom shares with the United States and that places the rights of individuals, the rule of law and the duty to fight for these values at the forefront of its identity.

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Europe must "share, not shirk, responsibility" for arrivals

PACE delegation assesses situation of “boat people” in Lampedusa

Europe must share, not shirk, responsibility for the large number of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants arriving by boat to the island of Lampedusa, a five-member delegation from the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said.

The delegation headed by Christopher Chope, visited the island on 23rd and 24th May. “The arrivals to Lampedusa are not the sole responsibility of a tiny island,” the delegation said. “There have been enough calls for responsibility-sharing and for solidarity. It is time that Europe acted on them.”

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MEPs: Strict safeguards needed for airport body scanners

Passengers should be given right to refuse body scanning

Body scanning should be voluntary for passengers at EU airports, European Parliament's Transport Committee has said.

The MEPs want passengers to be given the right to refuse body scanning and submit to alternative screening methods that guarantee the same level of effectiveness while respecting their rights and dignity. "Such a refusal should not give rise to any suspicion of the passenger," they say.

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