UK Immigrants

My Ordeal in the Hands of Ukrainian Immigration Officials

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Shamim Chowdhury

Many years ago, back in the mid-nineties, I was employed for a number of years as an immigration officer. It was a deeply unpleasant job on many levels, not least because our task was to enforce immigration policies that essentially existed to prevent certain kinds of people from passing through our borders; those who were likely to find work illegally or to overstay...

If We Remember Our Past, How Can We Seriously Say We Don't Want Foreigners Coming Here?

Nick Clements | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Nick Clements

There is no denying we have wreaked havoc, chaos and disaster throughout the world. In the last hundreds of years we travelled as illegal immigrants to other lands and caused millions upon millions to die through the diseases, religious wars and the capitalist ideals we brought with us.

Non-League Foreign Players Is a Non-Issue

Matthew Smith | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

Lawrenson was keen to put in the final word on the matter - 'They even have foreigners in the Skrill Premier now', he said, with a solemn nod of his grey bouffant hair. Three points on this. Firstly, who actually calls it the Skrill Premier? Everyone still calls it the Conference, that's a fact...

Migrant Entrepreneurs Are Starting Up Britain

Scott Craig | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Scott Craig

Britain relies heavily on entrepreneurial migrants to launch businesses, create jobs and grow the economy. As we strive to improve our national economic performance in a highly competitive global market, our politicians, education system, businesses and the media cannot afford to ignore such an important source of economic dynamism.

Strict Visa System 'Putting Entrepreneurs Off Coming To UK'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's 'complex and strict' immigration system is putting entrepreneurs off coming to set up their business, a major new report has warned. The ...

Osborne's Own Budget Predicts His Major Migration Pledge Will Fail

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's own Budget relies on ministers failing on a key Tory pledge to reduce net migration to below 100,000. The Treasury's projections i...

Don't Ruin Lure Of UK For Immigrants, BoJo Warns Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has warned David Cameron and Theresa May not to put the "vibe" of London that attracts skilled people from abroad at risk by clamping d...

Asa Bennett

'We Can't Talk About Immigration'? Here Are 8 Moments That Show You CAN

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics

Immigration is a topic you cannot discuss without being shouted down as a racist, some say. Despite the topic being apparently untouchable, this we...

Business Scorns Tory Immigration Minister's 'Pathetic' Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Tory immigration minister James Brokenshire has been savaged by business groups for his "feeble and pathetic" speech as he accused immigration of bene...

Here's What David Cameron Did Not Want You To Know About Migraton

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron and coalition ministers have now published a report on the impact of migration on British workers after a wave of criticism for trying t...

Cable: We Need To Kill Tory Immigration Scare Stories

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable is to hit out at Tory ministers for feeding "scare stories" about immigration in the latest coalition spat. The Lib Dem business secret...

Migrant Entrepreneurs In UK Are 'Hyper-Productive'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Migrant entrepreneurs' "breathtaking" contribution to the UK economy has been revealed by new research, which found that they are twice as entrepreneu...

Changes to Accessing the NHS - Are You Worried?

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

We could all find it much harder to access NHS services, vulnerable people could be put off or prevented from accessing health care that they need, NHS staff will have an additional administrative burden to implement the system. And we don't know if it will really save any money. We should all be worried about what this means for the NHS.

Point of No Return

Jerome Phelps | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

The UK's practice of indefinite immigration detention is a great anomaly, in the context both of the restrictions that the government has accepted on anti-terror detention, and of how pretty much every comparable state handles these things. The UK is unique in Europe in having no time limit to immigration detention and in actually locking people up for years for their immigration status.

Forty-Eight Albanian Stowaways Found In Refrigerated Lorry

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Forty-eight Albanian stowaways have been discovered trying to smuggle themselves into Britain in a refrigerated lorry. They were found and stopped ...

'You Need To Be Able To Speak To Your Neighbour'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Conservative minister Eric Pickles has once again insisted that immigrants must be encouraged to learn English -- or face the consequences. Immigra...

Why is Everyone Talking Rubbish About 'Europe'?

Sam Fowles | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

I'm trying really hard to remember a time when we could go a whole week without having to have a national moan about "Europe"*. I mean I get it, I really do. All that great food, fantastic culture and nice weather. Not to mention Germany and France's positively infuriating collective predilection for paying people properly and according them proper employment rights.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Is This Labour's Eurosceptic Moment?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 10 January 2013... 1) IS THIS LABOUR'S EUROSCEPTIC MOMENT? Rising Labour star Chuka Umunna, ...

What the West Has Forgotten

Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Andreea Groenendijk-Deveau

Can you imagine living with one half of a bread loaf a day? With soy salami instead of meat? With the same pair of grey shoes, clothes and life as the next person? With two hours a day of TV programmes transmitting state propaganda? With being forced to have as many as eight children because contraception was illegal, carrying a jail sentence? Everyday.

Migration in Context: UK Arrivals AND Departures

Chris Lawton | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Lawton

In an earlier article, my colleague Professor Rob Ackrill and I summarised the findings of a wide range of research on the impacts of migration. React...

Romanian And Bulgarian Migrants Immediately Leave UK Due To Rise In Rail Prices

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

Nearly all of the Romanian and Bulgarian migrants who arrived in the UK on 1 January are now turning around and leaving due to the increase in rail fa...

Christmas Is Great, Just Don't Expect Me to Celebrate

Shumailla Dar | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shumailla Dar

I love how excited everyone becomes at Christmas, it has to be one of my favourite times of the year. Amidst the blustering winds, unpredictable downpour, and imminent travel disruption, all that festive spirit really does help make everyone feel a little bit better. But the truth is, I don't actually celebrate Christmas.

IDS Tells Migrants: Speak English Or Lose Your Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has unveiled a new "strict" test for migrants looking to claim income-related benefits, which will see them tested on their English ...

Immigration 2: When the State Says Who Is Worthless

Gregor Smith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gregor Smith

Immigration is a difficult topic matter to discuss. Even though most people accept that our economic and political systems would fail if there wasn't a policy to control immigration, many people have many different ideas on where the line should be drawn.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Get Rid Of The Green Crap'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 21 November 2013... 1) 'GET RID OF THE GREEN CRAP' Dave definitely doesn't hug huskies any more. Fr...