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UK seeks to deter EU immigration with benefit changes

11:32 10/04/2014
The British government has announced that, from July, immigrants from the EU will not be able to claim child benefit for their first three months in the country. In addition, unemployed EU immigrants...

UK minister blames Indian press for fall in student visas

12:06 04/03/2014
David Willetts, the UK's science minister, has blamed a fall in the number of students coming to study in the UK from the Indian sub-continent on the 'lively' press in India and Pakistan. Mr Willetts...

EU president accuses UK PM of 'scaremongering' over EU immigration

9:43 12/02/2014
The President of the European Commission has criticised UK Prime Minister David Cameron for his 'narrow, chauvinistic' policies and pronouncements on the European Union and immigration. Jose Manuel...

UK's top immigration expert says migrants better educated than UK youth

15:08 21/01/2014
The UK's top immigration expert Sir David Metcalf has told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee that UK employers are deliberately employing foreign-born workers in preference to UK workers to...

Scotland's immigrant population doubles in a decade

15:29 16/12/2013
Research from Oxford University's Migration Observatory has revealed that Scotland's immigrant population rose by 93% in the decade from 2001 to 2011 from about 191,500 to 369,284. The Scottish...

More than 6m Syrians displaced by conflict

14:52 05/09/2013
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that more than 6m people have now been displaced from their homes because of the civil war. Of these, over 2m have fled the country...

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