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A graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who who fled Afghanistan alone at the age of 16 has been crowned ‘outstanding individual learner’ at this year’s Festival of Learning awards. Habib Rezaie has received the award for his exceptional achievement in adult learning which included volunteering to care for…
An investigation has been launched after a Chinese man was found dead at an immigration detention centre. The body of the man was discovered at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, on Tuesday. Officers from the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will now begin investigating the circumstances surrounding his…
Accusations of abuse at a G4S-run immigration centre are being probed by MPs on Thursday. The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee will hear evidence from senior figures at the security firm after claims of "incompetence and chaos" at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick Airport, in West Sussex.…
A mother-of-four who attempted to smuggle 12 Vietnamese migrants into Britain broke down in court as she was jailed alongside her former boyfriend. Katy Bethel and Aaron Harris, both 28, were stopped on July 4 2015 at the Eurotunnel check-in at Coquelles, near Calais, as they tried to re-enter the…
Leaked Government proposals to force a post-Brexit cut in the number of low-skilled migrants to Britain have been branded "morally bankrupt" by Scotland's First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon warned the "dreadful" policies could see families broken up, while restrictions on people coming into the UK would be economically "devastating" for Scotland,…
Secret footage shows a detainee being choked at a privately-run immigration removal centre, it is claimed. The incident forms part of an alleged culture of abuse captured by undercover filming at the Brook House facility near Gatwick Airport. G4S, which runs the centre, confirmed last week that it had suspended…
Nine staff have been suspended from a G4S immigration centre after claims of abuse and assaults against detainees. An investigation has also been launched into allegations by the BBC's Panorama of "chaos, incompetence and abuse" at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick. The programme claims to have undercover footage…
The UK should double the amount of refugees it takes in under resettlement programmes, the United Nations has urged. A senior official at the UN's refugee agency said accepting around 10,000 refugees a year would be a "step change" for the UK. Volker Turk, assistant commissioner at the UN High…
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