When I first set out with the British Council almost ten years ago, I believed the country I was representing to be fair and progressive, a country which, if you were honest, worked hard and paid your taxes, would see you alright. Those are still values I hold. However, as I watch obstacle pile on top of obstacle to coming home, it is not the country I recognise today.
Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful time over the festive season and managed to be around people you love and care about. I was lucky enough to be able to spend another Christmas here with my friends and the people I consider family...
More than 150 non-EU students enrolled at London Metropolitan University were sent back to their home countries after the
It's like breaking up with someone over text, but far, far worse. The UK Border Agency has apparently mistakenly sent out
We need to talk about the benefits that immigration has brought to our economy and society, and deliver real immigration reform that provides a fair, effective and common sense system.
As an ex-police officer I cannot imagine how people stopped in busy public areas are being identified as likely immigration offenders on the basis of any 'reasonable suspicion'. Behaving in a suspicious way because you see an immigration officer is not grounds for a reasonable suspicion.
Immigration officers have been accused of racial profiling and heavy-handed tactics during visa checks at a London tube station
Until recently, I confess that I hadn't given much thought to the plight of the asylum seekers. I had listened to, and believed, the facts and figures drip fed to us by the media, and if I'm honest, was of the mindset that they jumped the housing queue and benefits system ahead of us more deserving Brits.
A student activist who was asked by the Home Office to "prove" he was gay in order to avoid deportation to Senegal where
We are in a high security wing of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, just outside Heathrow Airport, to run an advice workshop. Often, we find people with urgent needs for advice and advocacy. But today, almost everyone I see is an asylum-seeker on the Detained Fast Track, which means that there is little that we can do to help.