March 24, 2017

UK immigration officers conduct “random visa checks” in new controversial scheme

Four immigration officers demanded tube passengers in north-west London to provide proof of legal stay in the UK during morning rush hour, drawing even more harsh criticism for the British government this week. The immigration officers carried out their random visa checks at Kensal Green London Underground station, one of the areas where the “go home or get arrested” illegal immigrant poster vans pilot scheme was tested out, according to Metro UK. It is not clear how passengers were selected for the random check, but sources told Political Scrapbook that “only non-white people were challenged by officers.” The Home Office ...

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£3,000 visa bond: As FG threatens retaliation, Britain maintains “no final decision has been made”

Nigeria’s Federal Government on Tuesday has said it plans to retaliate the controversial move by the British to impose a £3,000 visa bond on visitors from Nigeria, deemed a “high risk” country. A pilot of the scheme is set to launch in November and will inflict the visa bond on visitors from Nigeria, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Prime Minister David Cameron is yet to confirm that start date. Besides being described as “discriminatory” by critics, and a bad economic move by retailers who fear the visa bond will deter lucrative visitors from Nigeria, many have expressed concern ...

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“In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest” – UK government defends campaign

A controversial rolling public service announcement that warns undocumented immigrants in the UK to “go home or face arrest” has drawn harsh criticism, but it is being defended by the British government. Last week, two trucks each displaying a huge poster inviting immigrants in the UK illegally to go home, was driven around six London boroughs. It is a pilot scheme by the interior ministry and is accompanied by posters, leaflets and advertisements in local newspapers that are expected to run for a month. Spokesman of British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the campaign, saying “this is already working” ...

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Britain launches pilot £3,000 visa bond scheme in November

Britain’s government will go ahead with its controversial plan to bill visitors from “high risk” countries a £3,000 visa bond upon entry starting in November. Despite widespread outrage from affected countries, Britain will launch a pilot of the scheme that will impose the visa bond on visitors from Nigeria, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. News of this scheme hit the media in June and was widely condemned as “discriminatory”, by rights groups and a bad economic move by retailers. Financial Times cited luxury good retailers who said putting an “insulting deterrent” on wealthy tourists, especially from Nigeria, the ...

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Britain’s royal baby is named, meet Prince George

Britain’s new prince has been named! In a tweet from Clarence House, the royal family announced that new parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had named their son George Alexander Louis. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis. — Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) July 24, 2013 The royal family then tweeted that the Britain’s third in line to the throne will now be “known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge”. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. — Clarence House ...

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Rewarding work? Nigerian lawmakers among highest paid in the world

Lawmakers in Nigeria are the second highest paid in the world, earning on the average $189,500 (approximately N30.5 million) annually, second only to Australia where lawmakers are paid $201,200, an Economist review of lawmakers’ salaries in 29 countries revealed. Not including their exorbitant bonuses, Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in Africa, followed by Kenya ($74,500) and Ghana ($46,500). Nigerian lawmakers earn more than the lawmakers of Britain ($105,400), the United States ($174,000), Germany ($119,500), Norway ($138,000) and a host of other developed countries. Please note, once again, that these child-bride-approving Senators and members of the House of Representatives in ...

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Britain’s future king is born

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a new addition to the royal family on Monday when they became parents of a healthy baby boy. Britain celebrated the birth of their future king, pouring out in the streets waving the nation’s flag and cheering. The couple’s son weighed in at 8lb 6oz and was delivered at 4:24p.m. on Monday at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. Proud papa Prince William was present for the birth of his first child with wife Catherine. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in ...

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Ghanaian woman jailed in the UK for stealing dead mother’s identity

UK authorities have jailed a Ghanaian woman for stealing a dead mother’s identity to gain entry into Britain, and then defrauded the state of over £100,000. Daily Mail reports that Catherin Kyie, 33, was impersonating Joyce Pokuaa, a mother who died after childbirth, to get from Ghana to the UK. Pokuaa, also from Ghana, was married to a Dutch man, but died three months after giving birth to her son in 2003, prosecutor Roger Griffiths said. Because of her marriage to the European, however, the deceased mother was free to travel through Europe. “Kyie stole her identity and took on ...

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FG condemns UK policy that will require visitors from Nigeria to pay £3,000 “security bond”

As predicted, a diplomatic row seems to be in the works between Nigeria and the United Kingdom after it went public that the European country is considering implementing a policy that will require Nigerians traveling to the UK to deposit a £3,000, just in case they overstay their visas. Punch Newspapers reports that the Nigerian Federal Government has summoned the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock over the policy and the House of Representatives is not thrilled about it either. The scheme, pushed by Home Secretary Theresa May, is expected to launch in part in November when new arrivals ...

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Visitors from ‘high risk’ Nigeria traveling to the UK face paying £3,000 ‘security bond’ to ensure they return home

Come November, Nigerians visiting the UK could face paying a £3,000 “security bond” before they are allowed into Britain. The controversial scheme, headed by Home Secretary Theresa May, is to deter visitors from overstaying their visas. Nigeria, as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana and India, are considered “high risk” countries and visitors from those countries will be affected by the new scheme. The Independent reports that immigration groups have threatened to sue over the scheme which they believe is discriminatory because it omits visitors from “white commonwealth”. However the Home Secretary believes the move will prove a powerful deterrent. People ...

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