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Racket on deportation: Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom is being asked to be probed by the Federal Government

…fears that Nigerians numbering 500 are to be repatriated illegally
Igho Akeregha the Civil Liberties Organisation’s National President has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency get the activities of the London High Commission of the country probed with regards to an intended expulsion on November 24, 2015 from the United Kingdom of 500 Nigerians.
Akeregha stated this yesterday while he was speaking in Lagos during a briefing to the media, that the Civil Liberties Organisation had reason to have the belief that a lot of the Nigerians that are going to be deported on Tuesday were casualties of the deceitful dealings of a group supposedly comprising of corrupt immigration officers of Nigeria and their overseas collaborators in the United Kingdom office of the embassy of Nigeria.
The CLO president stated that there was the need to have the attention of the CG, Controller General, of Customs, Immigration, President Buhari, and other officers that are relevant at the entry points of the country to the noxious and wicked plans by United Kingdom based authorities and officials that are corrupt in the High Commission of Nigeria in the United Kingdom to on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 illegally deport quite a number of Nigerians.
Although an acknowledgement was made by Akherega to countries’ rights to have unlawful immigrants who were constituting nuisance inside their regions to be repatriated, he stated emphatically that transparency and due process must be followed whenever such actions were to be done.
The Civil Liberties Organisation stated that is was especially annoyed that at the Nigerian High Commission in London a particular deputy immigration attaché was linked allegedly to the fraud and corruption in the Nigerians’ unlawful deportations. The allegation is that the official is deemed to skim off the 3,000 pounds sterling provided for by the United Kingdom authorities on each deportee as a way to reduce any of the deportees sufferings. The CLO stated that the stealing of the money was being performed in active cooperation with a couple of the officials of the United Kingdom.
Aside from getting deportees short changed of their money, the official who is a female (name withheld) is equally accused of going to extra miles to have unwary immigrants in the United Kingdom lured into a trap in which they get taken hold off and extradited to Nigeria straight away while the money that had been allotted to the unfortunate person that is so repatriated gets taken by her.
The president of the CLO added that there were occasions in which immigrants whose papers had expired or whose documentations had hitches which were minor and were awaiting correction from the right agencies in the United Kingdom were turned into victims.
Sunday Mirror discovered that these events were being heavily scrutinized by the Chairman of the TCLP, The Commonwealth Liberation Party, in the United Kingdom Alexia Thomas. As a result of his activism, an international airline which belongs to Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic, discontinued the venture of having Nigerians repatriated from the United Kingdom.
The government is being urged by the CLO to have any airliner detained which brings back Nigerians numbering 500 into the country so that the matter can be thoroughly investigated.

Reducing immigration UK economy will slow down and increase taxes

Reducing migrants and immigration will slow UK economy and create more taxes

Decreasing the influx of migrants threatens UK economy and may spur tax hikes

A recent study shows that regulating the flow of migrants into the UK will have downside outcomes on the economy which would lead to an income tax increase.

The studies were stated last Monday in a paper published by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and that the current Conservative party aims to lessen migration, “from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands”. It is predicted that by 2060, UK GDP would drop by 11% than it should be.

Reducing immigration UK economy and Tax risesOn the other hand thinktank stated that reaching the Conservative’s target would mean decreasing a big percentage of its net migration and consequently affecting UK’s economy. It is projected that the levels of GDP and GDP per person will plunge by 11% and 2.7% correspondingly. In addition, this strategy will have a substantial blow on public funds which means, to keep the government’s budget stable, a labour tax hike rate has to be raised by 2.2 percentage points in the decreased migration set-up.

According to Anna Rosso, a research fellow at NIESR, there has been a decline of skilled and highly-skilled workers available to businesses in the UK due to the policy reforms that make it harder for students, family members, and skilled workers from outside the EU to migrate to the UK.

The forecast of migration expert, James Hampshire matched the studies made on the economics of migration, saying that the EU’s stand on the free movement of people that permits workers from one member country to openly emigrate in another is just too vital to abandon.

In The World Today, Hampshire added that “It is so central to the single market, and thus the European project as a whole, that undoing it would be the undoing of the EU … However, the EU free movement directive makes clear that the right to move and reside freely is not absolute. In theory, after three months an EU national without a job has no right to remain in another EU country unless they have sufficient means not to become an ‘unreasonable burden’ on the welfare state”.

In a Daily Telegraph last week, David Cameron was quoted as saying that he had a long term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain and controlling immigration is a vital part of it.

According to Guardian / ICM poll in June, 46% of voters are concerned over immigrants who they think are liable for poor terms and conditions stipulated in their employment contracts.

Migration is always an issue that every thriving country has to deal with but companies all over the world need a lot of skilled migrant workers to fill in the job especially in the medical, engineering and IT fields. Countries like the US, Canada, Dubai, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia depend and benefit on migrant workers. It will definitely give an economic downturn to UK, since tax surges will be passed on to its people. Skilled migrants are an essential part of an economic landscape of a country such as the UK.by Images_of_Money by Images_of_Money,

Home Office NHS records Illegal immigrants

Using NHS records to catch illegal immigrants

Britain’s Home Office has been granted access to data to British medical records from the National Health Service (NHS), a report published on Sunday in British daily The Guardian.  It has been revealed that the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) had been retrieving the records of more than 6,900 illegal or undocumented immigrants since 2010 – a step up in protecting Britain’s borders.  They believe that this could be part of the solution of the ongoing illegal immigration problems.

Home Office Accessing NHS records to find Illegal immigrants using The little known exemption to the Data Protection Law

But by law, British medical records are protected by a privacy act which restricts access to anyone without a court order ; then again, new facts has surfaced that the UKVI can now access to patient’s personal information without a court order which allows them additional data on tracking down over stayers.  It is clear that they have applied for an exemption to the law in this case.

It is also reported that the British police forces and the National Crime Agency has the same access to this sensitive data for the purpose of curbing criminality.  They will use the data to chase undesirable individuals who pose a threat public safety and national security.  But, by enforcing this policy, undocumented immigrants who are victims or witnesses of crimes themselves must be able to call police assistance without the fear of being reported to and detained by immigration.  There must be no barrier between the police and the public no matter what their immigration status is. Criminals, who know their victims’ immigration status, know that they are unlikely to call the police, therefore, creating a window of opportunity.

Home Office accessing NHS records to Catch Illegal immigrantsHowever, the exposés have raised questions involving rights of privacy of patients and migrants.  Rights groups fear that certain rights might be violated, adding that criminals might also take advantage of this new policy.  The use of this new procedure in the keeping of details is not just a breach of privacy; it completely violates migrants’ human rights they say.  Immigration has a legal obligation to enforce immigration laws; however, it shouldn’t violate migrant’s right. On the other hand, it will only drive migrants into further hiding which shouldn’t be the case as this pose a serious health risk. With the illegal immigration problem on the rise, they stressed that this is the better option.

The chief executive of the Patients Association – Katherine Murphy, also raised her concern over the new immigration policy which granted them access to data from NHS, saying that this could dissuade people from seeking medical services for themselves and their families adding that this could pose an alarming health risk.

Furthermore, Murphy added that children will be the most affected if parents refuse medical treatment when they are ill, fearing that their personal information might be disclosed to immigration and other agencies concerned.

It later related that they made access to more than 12,500 medical records of patients from the NHS between July 2010 and December 2013.

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Ebola Panic UK

Suspected Ebola Panic At Airport

News has emerged that an asylum seeker from Liberia could perhaps have been carrying the lethal Ebola virus.

The man had began to develop Ebola-like symptoms while waiting for an immigration centre to process his request just days after his arrival into Britain.

The man was isolated by staff, who performed tests upon him. He was not carrying the virus.

The threat is considered incredibly dangerous by the UK government, who have expressed huge concern over the issue, telling doctors to ‘be vigilant’ and pay attention toward the issue and it’s possible victims.

The event has cast doubt as to the security of the British borders during this time of emergency that has been called over the dangers that this present, with 60% of those who contract it dying, it is incredibly powerful, and due to the fact that it is a viral in nature, very hard to defeat.

Ebola Panic UK

Immigrants who share nationalities of those countries who are known to be carrying the pathogen should expect to be taken in extreme caution due the situation at hand, which has prompted border staff to call to attention the fact that they have not been trained in how to deal with cases which have suspected deadly viruses involved.

Members reached out to their union for advice on the situation, but found nothing.

As of writing, 1300 people have become infected by the Ebola epidemic.

700 of which have died.

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have registered cases which resulted in death.

Concern has been raised as to the state of infection within Nigeria, where rumours of infection and death have spread.

Professor Peter Pilot, who was one of people to discover the virus, said that the likelihood of infection was “very, very low”.

this is not a very contagious infection, you need close contact with someone who is really ill or who died from it”— “for border agents there is no problem that i can see.”

He said the issue was with health workers, who would be dealing with those infected in the later stages.

Border staff were given a 2 page ‘common sense’ briefing document which did not contain much more than plain symptoms

Staff want more detail, with the lack of general understanding of the germ causing large amounts of concern.

Pilot suggested that those who were of a serious risk of infecting others would have been in no way capable of international travel, being too ill and in too much pain.

He said that if any were at risk, it would not be those at the frontier of the country.

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high risk Visa applicants

UK deters applicants

A new policy introduces mandatory interviews for potential students who seek Visas from ‘high risk’ countries

This comes after a plethora of ‘substandard’ cases of Visa application were unearthed by the a watchdog. Investigation into these cases resulted in findings that over 30% of cases lacked legitimacy under thorough scrutiny.

The government will launch this system at the end of the month, forcing thousands of students to travel to UK centres where their case, intentions and plans will come under intense questioning.

This is in further effort to reduce the amount of fraudulent cases of government-sponsored financial support, which is very high, and has been put PM David Cameron under intense pressure to calm the swelling of the situation.

His plans to reduce immigration by the “tens of thousands” has begun to take shape as new policies make news regularly.

Cameron has been subject to flak from MP Ed Miliband for not acting fast enough about the issue.

A spokesperson for the scheme suggested there would be perhaps 14,000 interviews this year.

He went further, saying that “dedicated students” would not be affected; more average students who were not fully committed toward the idea of seeking education in Britain, which is becoming harsher on immigration.

Officers will have the power to deny applications after the interview, as long as they provide fair reason as to why they have taken the action.

High risk Visa applicantsWhich countries have been targeted?

It is predicted that the system will be placed into parts of the world such as the Indian subcontinent, some parts of Asia as well as Middle Eastern countries and some countries in Africa. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nigeria and the Philippines will be affected!

Some pilot studies have shown large rates of rejection, with Burma being the highest, along with Nigeria, India and Bangladesh, all of which summed to roughly a 60% rate of Visa rejection.

Many students who aim to reach a place of higher education within Britain have shown concern and ultimately disinterest toward not only the policy, but in a large amount of cases, rejection of British education due to feelings that the process would take too long, or that they are beginning to feel unwelcome.

Controversy toward the issue is mainly directed toward the fact that only selected states are subject to interview, leading to many feeling that their nationality may be the deciding factor in the quality of their education, instead of intelligence or drive.

There are several countries who have been granted immunity toward this policy:

Argentina, Brunei, Chile, Croatia, South Korea and Taiwan to name a few.

A British spokesperson said that they were open to students, yet they must have a clear set reason and goal as to being in the country; that they did not want people to enter the country, leave education and find themselves claiming unemployment benefits.

A huge Visa crackdown has been the recent flagship of Cameron’s new effort to gain voters back from opposing parties Labour and UKIP, both of which have been gaining lost voters due to differing polices and views.

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High UK Visa Rejection Rate

Harsher Visas stump students

Britain yet again tightens it’s grip around immigration, international students recoil.
As of November, Great Britain will harden the shell of it’s countries further, shaving the education of many valued international immigrants who make up a large percentage of the schooling system’s economical worth.

Decisions within the government have ruled that places of higher education such as universities and colleges who sponsor non European Union international students will have to strengthen their choices of risk losing an important title.

The Highly Trusted Sponsor is a title which allows schools to offer scholarships to international students of potential. At this moment, an institution may don the title if the rate of Visa rejection is 20% or less.

Main Reasons for High UK Visa Rejection Rate

Visa rejection may be due to many reasons, ranging from suspicious activity to lack of documents to a weak story as to why they are applying.
From November, the percentage of rejection must be no more than 10%. UK higher education exports were worth £10 billion as of 2011-12.
We can expect to see that figure drop dramatically as students around the world slowly seem to be changing their minds about scholarship within Britain.
London alone has over 100,000 international students living within it’s quarters.

This comes in a time of great change for Britain, where a determined government aims to change the way the borders of the country work completely.

High UK Visa Rejection RateTeresa may commented that the government will:
“Make British a less attractive place for those who come here for the wrong reasons.”
However, an inefficient system has of late, began to show how deeply the cracks lie within the fractured system of deciding who to keep and who to reject.
The international (non EU) tuition contribution is worth upwards of £3 billion, which is roughly 30% of tuition in total.
Being such a large percentage of what is a sector which is regularly criticised for being underpaid due to budget cuts, many have expressed concern as to whether parliament considered the true implications of this situation as fully as it could have when it began the process.

Is Britain becoming a place that is harsher to immigrants?
Or is this just par for the course as we reform our country?

There is stacking evidence that suggests that international individuals and families that would have first considered immigrating have now been staved off for many reasons which have recently emerged from both the populace and parliament. Accusations of bias, harshness and a changing way of running the country have been flowing through social networking.
However, we must remember, there are always issues when something as huge as a country attempts to reform a whole sector of the way it is run, backlash is inevitable. Look back into history and there has always been controversy toward acts such as this.
Is this different?

In a changing world, the government is attempting to answer to demands by voters. Are these actions too harsh?
We are certainly damaging both our economy, and social diversity. Only time will show the true repercussions of what seems currently to have been a self destructive move.

Benefits for New immigrants

Benefits for New immigrants limited to 3 months of welfare

A new policy headed by the Tory party seeks to defend against the “magnetic pull” benefit system
New immigrants who have just entered Britain will only be able to claim 3 months of benefits, says David Cameron.
The PM says that this is in an effort to reduce the amount of immigrants in the country who have the ‘wrong reasons’ to be there.
He stated that the “magnetic pull of Britain’s benefit system” pulls people from countries within the EU to stay unemployed.

The party has come under fire recently over Cameron’s pressure to reduce the immigration rates by “tens of thousands” – chiefly from opposition party member Ed Miliband, who was scathing of the PM’s attempt to match the rhetoric of the UKIP party, who have been slowly gaining votes as the decade grows in age, mainly due to what was an admittedly relaxed view of immigration by both parties.

However, many have accused Cameron’s attempts at limiting immigration a way of ‘hiding’ the fact that he possess only a small amount of control over the immigration system due to EU laws which allow free movement within all membership states.

Benefits for New immigrantsThe pressure to live up to his own words is increasing as the Tory party seems to lose votes in every direction, making Labour, for the first time, not the only true competition.
During one of his speeches, Cameron promised to “reduce immigration by the tens of thousands”

EU policy has made this more easily said than done, with the PM sternly stating his agenda as not anti European Union, he suggested curbing immigration in other ways before offering a referendum to the public if he is voted in again in the next general election.

An “increasingly generous, no questions asked welfare system” has been under pressure to be reformed for a long time now, Labour leader Ed Miliband says, reminding the public that he had highlighted the issue months ago.

There has not been much talk about what the immigrants will do when the benefits come to a close, with special cases such as disability or young or ill children being ignored for the moment.

For some, the statement seems still like a pipe dream – taking no exact form at the minute.
Cameron has been criticised for being slow to act upon this issue, however, much has been happening in the last months, with wars raging across the world, the PM has had to spend time within the world community as the frontman of the EU, actively taking an aggressive stance against the Putin-backed Ukraine crisis and the Syrian civil war, in which he suggested more action be taken in both situations, working in close partnership with US president Obama, who is being faced with what seems closer to Cold War behaviour than modern society.

Nonetheless, internal affairs need take priority in many cases, and although his decisions are being criticised by many parties for being too soft, some migrants who honestly need the system will no doubt suffer.

Immigrate to Germany

Immigrate to Germany the new immigration hotspot

New studies show that Germany is the second most popular immigration destination

After months and months of rhetoric and negativity from Britain’s government, the spotlight has shifted to it’s kinder neighbour…
Germany?

Powerhouse Germany?

Yes, reports are coming in from  all quarters of the country that not only are immigrants welcome, they’re wanted.
Births in the nation have slowed and slowed to the point, where, like Japan, they are wondering where on earth they are going to find the people to look after the countries they’ve brought to riches.

While the UK has been excessively complaining about immigration, Germany has slowly been gaining higher and higher levels of immigration, overtaking many countries to rest at second place behind the Americans, who sit angrily at the top.

Immigrate to GermanyThe immigration debate within the United States is as fiery as ever, with extreme views throwing angry words toward each other constantly, Obama blocked at every turn by Republicans who seem to hold the opposite view of just about everything he thinks or says.

Maybe this is a good turn, with migrants arriving to newly opened welcome centres, comprehensive language courses and some cushy benefits, maybe the more right-winged parties of the UK will be quieter, knowing that there really is somewhere better that the immigrants will find themselves drawn to, with a change in the amount of people trying to enter our country predicted to follow suit, as opposed to the fire and brimstone that Britain seems to currently be offering, along with a steeply curbed benefit system and a potential referendum over European Union membership as a whole.

However, pro-immigration view-holders have shown some deep concern that the highly skilled immigrants that bring economic gain will now bring that wealth to Germany instead.
While our levels of higher education attended by non EU nationals are dropping, Germany is trying hard to pull our losses inward, promising easy Visa service to many who have degrees from across the globe.

Perhaps this marks a real shift, as now the spotlight on EU immigration policy is no longer on the UK, and we can all take a break.
In the UK, debate is rife, with the opposition parties competing for what seems to the toughest immigration policy, Labour and the Conservatives may no longer need to consider referendum.

Then again, acting in haste about anything at this time may be a bad move, with the situation within both Germany and Great Britain still ongoing, the exchange and filing of immigrants still seems to see them as more statistic than human.
The Germans have been using foreign talent to help build and support it’s lumbering, massive industry, with new projects allowing for both specialised and non specialised migrants to contribute to the country.
We are yet to see the lasting effects this boost to migration, both EU and international that Germany has received, but we are guaranteed to see something sooner or later.

UK Losing Foreign talent

Why is the UK Losing Foreign talent and by how much?

Studies published today by officials have recorded a massive drop in international students and workers who have high levels of promise and education.
This comes as a result of much more exclusive Visa laws imparted within the last few years.
The exact drop was 39%, which is a massive amount to see, and predictions toward the harm this will impart on the UK economy are negative almost unilaterally.
This news leaves many businesses angry, as they rely heavily on well qualified people of international states, leading to concern whether these tighter non EU Visa laws are actually doing more harm than good.

The students produced by these countries are very highly held by prestigious business schools across the nation, who have noticed a differentiation in attendance that they find worrying as a large percentage of their attendance is foreign.

UK Losing Foreign talentMore work and effort to apply and receive a UK Visa have made the country less advertising toward external nations, with stricter regulations and policies making it very difficult for graduates to find employment after finishing school, something that for a long time was very easy due to the high level of qualification and skill these candidates tend to own after attending the schools.

Undoubtedly, events here will have a distinct imprint upon the recovering economy of the country, a worrying prospect after a triple dip recession, that we are now, while in recovery – losing potential moneymakers.
Furthermore, these transfers were good for international relations, as the newly qualified students would go on to work for sometimes massive international companies which would provide income to a large selection of nations.

The effect of talented foreigners leaving the UK

Many modern technology companies rely heavily on qualified international students which have graduated from the UK businesses schools to provide valuable services in many sectors.

This heavy hitting loss in the stream of these individuals could stress the companies who are involved as much as it is damaging the UK.
However, recent news of more streamlined Visa processing services, starting with China, may provide a way out for this downward spiral which we face although, damages has already been done toward the economy, leaving a bitter taste in many high level employers of profitable industries.
Commentaries on the issue highlight the general consensus within the business community that they are now losing a lot of potential along with many already highly talented workers that could be contributing heavily to the nation and international horizon.

Who is responsible?

The government imparted these harsher Visa policies in an effort to curb indecent behaviour and large losses that are accounted toward some immigrants.
Some may argue that the situation is unfair on those who had huge potential to succeed in the UK that have been undeservedly rejected by the border agencies.
However, others argue that this is part of the process which is still very flawed as it involves many new polices that were put forward within the last couple of years.
The situation presents many moral questions.

Is it fair to bias toward talented, qualified individuals in the immigration sector?

How to get EU citizenship through ancestry

Are you missing out on EU citizenship through ancestry ?

While it is often checked whether somebody has relatives of UK origin, many people are forgetting that there are many other nationalities which they could benefit from by checking.

If one had grandparents which originated from many European countries, they would be entitled citizenship and the resulting E.U membership.
However, many states have their own conditions toward citizenship, including but not limited to marriage, naturalisation, relatives of said nationality.
Most E.U countries are notoriously difficult to attain citizenship for, this is due mainly to the influx of fraudulent behaviour of many unmonitored individuals.
Conversely, there are many highly qualified immigrants who do not originate from EU membership states that attain a permanent Visa considerably easier than that of somebody who is not as well qualified.

These members of the nation they immigrated to, and their resulting European Union membership allow for unparalleled rights such as free movement between the involved states, free residence, freedom to work and diplomatic protection in non EU states.

EU citizenship through ancestry There are restrictions for new members, designed to prevent and avoid damaging or fraudulent behaviour within the Union.
If one possessed parents of even grandparents in some cases which originated from a nation which participates in such conduct, they would be given the opportunity to become a citizen of the nation which is involved, however, there are many behaviours and past events that could prevent this from happening.

It is worth remembering that while the candidate is eligible for citizenship, they are not guaranteed it, so good conduct is absolutely vital for the process to go ahead smoothly.

Attaining Visas for said countries can be equally complicated, as the process is not particularly designed to be easy, as the state will still have policies which will usually involve screening for the safety of the nationals which intend to immigrate toward the country.
As usual, clear and well organised documentation as well as solid evidence of the relationship toward the relation who was part of the nation will make the process faster for both you and the state involved.

Making enquiries as to these things can be useful as to understanding personal heritage.
There are many websites which will help track one’s heritage many generations back, but most of the time, this policy is only extended as far as either the parent or grandparent, as there were large influxes in worldwide immigration that would make tracking all origins and citizenships incredibly hard, so keeping the process within 3 generations prevent the system becoming clogged.

If you are in doubt or are considering enquiry, try visiting the .gov webpage of the nation you are planning on querying, or visit the embassy in the nation in which you live. Do not expect the process to be fast, but with the correct lineage, one should be able to attain correct rights and citizenship to the state which they are applying for.
Check the immigration and citizenship polices of the nation you are planning, as many vary to differing degrees.