April 30, 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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Nigerian student jailed over sham marriage in the UK

A UK court has sentenced a Nigerian student to 12 months in jail after he was arrested last year for taking part in a sham marriage. Authorities revealed that Jayeola Abiola made plans for his fake wedding in November 2012, months before his visa was to expire in January 2013. But his plans for wedded bliss were halted after a registrar at the Hull Registry alerted the UK border agency that the couple barely knew each other, as was revealed by their interview. The registrar revealed that bride had given a fake name, looked nothing like the image in her ...

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Two Nigerian students hiding in Canada church to avoid deportation

Toronto Sun – Two University of Regina students from Nigeria have been hiding in a church for months to avoid deportation for unwittingly working at Walmart without the proper permits. Ihuoma Amadi, 21, and Victoria Ordu, 20, have attended the school for three years on a scholarship. Last year, the pair worked at the store for two weeks, but according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, international students can’t be employed off campus without a work permit. “It was an honest mistake. They want a second chance. There are better measures that could have been used rather than the ultimate punishment, ...

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Over 2,000 foreign students at London Metropolitan University to face deportation

Over 2,000 foreign students at the London Metropolitan University could face deportation within the next 60 days if they are unable to transfer to other institutions. The news is the cause of heartbreak to many international students enrolled in the university which has just been stripped of its rights to sponsor visas for pupils beyond the European Union. The government announced the shocking move on Thursday, provoking a protest among students who accused the conservative of playing politics with their future. Emmanuel Egwu, a Nigerian student at London Met told the BBC that “students are panicking”. He says the option ...

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Immigration officer assaults Nigerian journalist

CPJ Africa – A Nigerian journalist was assaulted by an immigration officer in the capital, Abuja, Tuesday, according to local journalists and news reports. Joshua Uma, a journalist with the daily Leadership, was on assignment covering a protest by retirees over non-payment of pensions. An immigration officer identified by his name tag as Akinmodiro and attached to the office of the Pension Reform Task Team had refused to allow Uma and other journalists to speak to team officials for their reaction to the pensioners’ grievances, according to media reports. Uma told CPJ he proceeded to write down Akinmodiro’s name to ...

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African migrants hurt in Jerusalem “arson attack”

BBC – Four African migrants have been hurt in a suspected arson attack on their home in Jerusalem, Israeli police say. The fire was started at the entrance to the two-storey building on Jaffa Street in the city centre after 03:00 (00:00 GMT), trapping the 10 Eritreans inside. Graffiti found at the scene read: “We want the foreigners out.” There is increasing argument and dissent in Israel over what to do with the 60,000 Africans who have entered the country illegally in recent years. On Sunday, a new law came into force allowing immigration authorities to detain illegal migrants for ...

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