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Cable attacks Cameron's immigration talk

altHis proposals to see the number of immigrants slashed is 'Tory party policy only'

The Prime Minister's rhetoric on cutting immigration risks "inflaming" extremism, Business Secretary Vince Cable has said as tensions surfaced over the Government's plans to reduce the numbers of migrants coming to the UK.

The Liberal Democrat insisted David Cameron's proposals to see the number of foreign workers coming to the UK every year slashed to tens of thousands was "not part of the coalition agreement" but was "Tory party policy only".

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Opposition politicians condemn call to use weapons against refugees

altItalian opposition politicians have strongly condemned anti immigrant remarks by two politicians from the Northern League Party.

Referring to immigrants who have been coming to Italy from North Africa, Deputy Transport Minister Roberto Castelli said “immigrants should be sent away, but we can’t fire at them, for now.”

He said the invasion of immigrants, which could grow to millions, could force the authorities to use weapons.

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Europe allocates €10 million to help people affected by Libyan crisis

altGeorgieva: “Europe will do its utmost to maintain humanitarian efforts”

European Commission has allocated €10 million to intensify the evacuation of foreigners from Libya – in particular Misrata – and the repatriation to their home countries.

Since the beginning of the conflict the European Union has been leading international humanitarian efforts both inside Libya and at the borders which have faced a massive outflow of migrant workers and Libyan refugees.

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Support countries dealing with thousands of refugees, EU urged

altEESC president: “We need to provide minimum care services for asylum seekers and meet minimum interpreting requirements”

European countries have been urged to support the Southern European countries currently dealing with thousands of refugees from North African countries.

“Most EU Member States and their citizens are going through hard times as a result of the global financial crisis and austerity measures,” Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), said.

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UK unemployment falls by 17,000 to 2.48 million - ONS

altWatson: “Short term employment is not the answer and only provides a short term solution”

UK unemployment fell by 17,000 to 2.48 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

The ONS announced that youth unemployment stood at 963,000, with the jobless rate for young people remaining above 20%. Although unemployment amongst men fell by 31,000 in the three months to the end of February, the number of jobless women rose by 14,000.

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