UK defends Ukraine refugee policy amid anger at slow pace
The British government is defending its Ukraine refugee policy despite figures indicating that only 12,000 Ukrainians fleeing the war have arrived in the U.K. The figure from the government includes 10,800 people who came to join family members in Britain, and just 1,200 under the Homes for Ukraine program set up to match refuges with volunteer hostswashingtonpost.com
UK defends Ukraine refugee policy amid anger at slow pace
The British government is defending its Ukraine refugee policy despite figures indicating that only 12,000 Ukrainians fleeing the war have arrived in the U.K. The figure from the government includes 10,800 people who came to join family members in Britain, and just 1,200 under the Homes for Ukraine program set up to match refuges with volunteer hosts.
Readout of Meeting between U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and United Kingdom Home Secretary Priti Patel
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco of the U.S. Department of Justice, together with colleagues from the National Security Division and the Criminal Division, met yesterday with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel in Washington, DC, to further strengthen law enforcement and national security cooperation. In their meeting, both governments discussed their close cooperation against numerous threats to their countries’ collective security, including with respect to combating terrorism, cybercrime, and illicit finance. Both the Deputy Attorney General and the Home Secretary committed and agreed to heighten the focus on illicit use of cryptocurrency and ransomware, as well as to continue the dialogue about emerging threats to national security.justice.gov
Channel migrants make up almost half of asylum claims after surge in crossings
Channel migrants make up nearly half of asylum claims, up from six per cent in just a year, official figures have revealed. Amid growing concern at the record surge in migrants crossing the Channel, Home Office data shows that during the spring and summer they comprised between 35 per cent and 44 per cent of all in-country applications for asylum. It represents a six-fold increase on the previous year’s figures of between four and six per cent, according to the research paper by the House of Comnews.yahoo.com
France can’t stop every migrant – no matter how much it is paid by the UK, warns Calais MP
France will not be able to stop every migrant no matter how much money Britain hands over to it, the MP responsible for the French migrant hotspot has said. Pierre-Henri Dumont, the Republican Party MP for Calais, said the extra £54 million given to France this week by Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, would only damage Anglo-French relations because UK taxpayers would see it "wasted" on fruitless attempts to stem the surge in Channel migrants. "We will not find a solution and we are going to a dnews.yahoo.com
UK to deport Albanian criminals more quickly under new deal
Priti Patel has struck a new agreement with Albania to speed up the deportation of the nation’s criminals from the UK. The Home Secretary signed the agreement to remove failed asylum seekers and jailed Albanian criminals sooner as part of a two-day visit to the country’s capital, Tirana. Albanians make up the largest number of foreign national offenders in UK prisons, totalling more than 1,500, or 16 per cent of the overseas jail population. The deal will enable the Government to enact its plansnews.yahoo.com
Over 6 million EU citizens apply to settle in post-Brexit UK
More than 6 million European Union citizens applied to settle in the U.K. before the end-June deadline that the British government had imposed as part of the country's departure from the bloc. In a statement Friday, Britain's Home Office said of the 6.02 million people who had applied, 400,000 applications were made in the final month before the end of the EU Settlement Scheme. “Having more than 6 million applications to the scheme is an unprecedented achievement and I am delighted that we have secured the rights of so many EU citizens — our friends, neighbours and family members," Home Secretary Priti Patel said.news.yahoo.com
Major overhaul of Border Force after failure to stem flow of Channel migrants
The Home Office has ordered a major overhaul of the Border Force amid growing frustration over the failure to stem the flow of illegal Channel migrants. The two directors general of Border Force and Immigration Enforcement are to quit their posts and will be replaced by a single supremo tasked with curbing the crossings and overhauling Britain’s “broken” asylum system. Consultants are also said to have been recruited to investigate a merger of the two Home Office directorates as the Government snews.yahoo.com
British citizens in EU are being denied work and healthcare after Brexit, Priti Patel warns
British citizens living in the EU after Brexit are being denied work and healthcare, Priti Patel has warned. In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, published below, the Home Secretary urges EU nations to treat UK citizens as fairly as Britain was treating their citizens. It coincides with the fifth anniversary of the Brexit referendum vote, as Boris Johnson marked the moment by declaring the recovery from the pandemic offered the chance to "seize the true potential of our regained sovereigntnews.yahoo.com
Priti Patel axes unconscious bias training for Border Force officers
All Border Force officers have been offered "unconscious bias" training despite controversy over whether it has any positive effect, The Telegraph can disclose. Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has ordered the Home Office to scrap the courses for staff after it emerged that Border Force and UK Visas and Immigration, two of the department's agencies, offered training intended to alert people to hidden prejudices they may harbour. Spending records show Border Force paid £32,510 last year to Challenews.yahoo.com
UK plan for tougher asylum-seeker rules draws criticism
The British government has announced plans to toughen immigration rules to make it harder for people who arrive by unauthorized routes such as small boats and truck stowaways to be given asylum. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)LONDON – The British government said Wednesday it will toughen immigration rules to make it harder for people who arrive by unauthorized routes such as small boats and truck stowaways to be given asylum. In 2020, about 8,500 people arrived in Britain by crossing the Channel in small boats, and several died trying to make the journey. The U.K. government says 35,099 people made asylum applications in Britain in the year to March 2020. Since leaving the European Union, the U.K. no longer has a deal with its European neighbors to return people who have snuck across the Channel.
London police chief says she won't quit after vigil clashes
But the vigil ended with clashes between police and those attending, and many questioned whether the police force was too heavy-handed. Home Secretary Priti Patel said scenes from the vigil in south London were “upsetting." AdPolice were seen scuffling with some women at the event, and one woman was seen pinned to the ground by two officers. Everard, a marketing executive, was last seen walking home from a friend’s apartment in south London at about 10:30 p.m. on March 3. Her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Kent, more than 50 miles southeast of London, on Wednesday.
London police tactics at vigil for slain woman draw scrutiny
People gather, at the band stand in Clapham Common, in memory of Sarah Everard, after an official vigil was cancelled, in London, Saturday, March 13, 2021. A serving British police officer accused of the kidnap and murder of a woman in London has appeared in court for the first time. Wayne Couzens, 48, is charged with kidnapping and killing 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who went missing while walking home from a friends apartment in south London on March 3. Hundreds of people disregarded a judge's ruling and police requests by gathering at Clapham Common in honor of Sarah Everard, 33, who last was seen alive near the south London park on March 3. Demonstrators said they wanted to draw attention to the fear and danger many women see as a daily part of British life.
UK's official terror threat level lowered to 'substantial'
The U.K. government said Monday Feb. 8, 2021, that Britains official terrorism threat level has been lowered, to reflect the decreased threat of attacks in Europe. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, pool)LONDON – Britain’s official terrorism threat level has been lowered from “severe” to “substantial” because the tempo of attacks in Europe has lessened. In November, the threat level was raised to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, after deadly attacks in Austria and France. She said that despite the lowered level, “terrorism remains one of the most direct and immediate risks to our national security.”The center, which was established in 2003, sets the threat level based on intelligence about international terrorism at home and overseas. AdThe U.K. level has been at severe most of the time since 2014, briefly rising to “critical” amid violent attacks in 2017.
France relaxes its ban on trucks entering from Britain
Quick tests will be accepted if they are able to detect the new virus variant, Djebbari said. The problem, he explained, is that the empty trucks sitting in England can’t reach the continent to pick up deliveries for Britain. The virus is blamed for 1.7 million deaths worldwide, including more than 68,000 in Britain, the second-highest death toll in Europe, behind Italy’s 69,000. Switzerland was one of the 40-odd countries to ban flights from Britain over the new variant. ___Angela Charlton in Paris, Jo Kearney in Dover, England, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.
UK police arrest man over 1974 Birmingham pub bombings
FILE - In this file photo dated Nov. 22, 1974, showing the scene outside the Mulberry Bush public house pub in the centre of Birmingham, England after a terrorist bomb exploded in November 1974. It is announced Wednesday Nov. 18, 2020, that police have arrested a 65-year old man in Northern Ireland in connection with the deaths of 21 people in the 1974 pub bombings in Birmingham, England. (AP Photo, FILE)LONDON – Police arrested a man Wednesday in Northern Ireland in connection with the 1974 bombings of two pubs that killed 21 people and injured more than 200 in Birmingham, England. The man was arrested under the U.K.'s Terrorism Act, and his home was being searched, authorities said. The arrest came days before the 46th anniversary of the two Nov. 21, 1974 blasts that ripped apart the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town pubs in the city of Birmingham.
UK raises terror threat level to severe after Europe attacks
LONDON – Britain raised its terror threat level to severe on Tuesday, its second-highest level, following recent attacks in Austria and France. The threat level of severe means an attack in the United Kingdom is considered highly likely. The level had previously been at substantial, meaning an attack is thought to be likely. Patel said the increased security alert is a “precautionary measure and is not based on any specific threat.’’The U.K. government's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, which was established in June 2003, sets the terror level. The center assesses intelligence relating to international terrorism, at home and overseas, and sets threat levels and issues warnings of threats and other terror-related information.
4 dead, 15 rescued in English Channel migrant boat sinking
(AP Photo)PARIS – At least four people, including two young children, died Tuesday when a boat carrying at least 19 migrants capsized off France while trying to cross the English Channel to Britain, French authorities said. Aid groups decried the deaths and called for more government help for struggling migrants, while British and French authorities expressed their condolences. French authorities reported four migrant deaths in total in small boats crossing the Channel in 2019. French maritime officials have rescued hundreds more in routine operations in the Channel, known for high winds, strong currents and heavy maritime traffic. Aid group Channel Rescue said in a statement that “This is a burgeoning humanitarian crisis ...
UK government says it will reform 'broken' asylum system
LONDON – Britain’s interior minister vowed Sunday to stop people entering the country clandestinely and to fix what she called a “broken” asylum system, echoing commitments that have been made and broken by U.K. governments for years. Opposition Labour Party immigration spokesman Nick Thomas-Symonds said the Conservatives were “devoid of compassion and competence” on immigration. Migrants have long used northern France as a launching point to reach Britain by stowing away in trucks or on ferries. Many appear to have turned to small boats organized by smugglers during the coronavirus pandemic because virus restrictions have reduced vehicle traffic between France and Britain. The government dismissed some of the more far-fetched claims, but Patel said she would “explore all practical measures and options to deter illegal migration.”
Shortage of COVID-19 testing hurts efforts to fight 2nd wave
Last weekend hospital leaders in three different cities raised concerns about testing, said Chris Hopson, the group's CEO. Authorities underestimated the speed at which more testing capacity would be needed, Bell said, warning that the problem could get worse. “I think what’s going wrong is the second wave,'' Bell told the BBC. “A month ago, they had spare capacity in testing —significant spare capacity — but I think what has been underestimated was the speed at which the second wave would arrive. More testing slots and home testing kits have been made available as demand rises, she said.
UK govt, Ben & Jerry's in spat over treatment of migrants
FILE - In this file dated Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, British Home Secretary lawmaker Priti Patel, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Relations between British government and ice cream maker Ben & Jerrys chilled Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in a spat about the treatment of migrants. The Vermont-based dessert brand directed a tweet Monday at Britains interior minister, Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has vowed to stop asylum seekers crossing the English Channel from France to England in small boats. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)LONDON Relations between the British government and ice cream maker Ben & Jerrys chilled Wednesday in a spat over the treatment of migrants. Hundreds of people have made the dangerous crossing in the past weeks of calm summer weather.
UK flies air force plane over Channel amid migrant crossings
A Border Force vessel brings a group of people thought to be migrants into the port city of Dover, southern England, Sunday Aug. 9, 2020. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire( /PA via AP)LONDON A Royal Air Force surveillance plane was flying over the English Channel on Monday as the British government sought to curb the number of people crossing from France in small boats. An inflatable dinghy carrying about 20 people was met by a U.K. Border Force boat on Monday and escorted to the port of Dover. Some have turned to small boats organized by people smugglers because coronavirus lockdowns have reduced opportunities to stow away on ferries and trucks. The British and French immigration ministers are due to hold talks on Tuesday about the Channel crossings.
UK names 'Channel threat commander' as boat crossings surge
Many migrants have used small craft during the recent hot calm weather to make the dangerous journey from northern France, to cross the busy shipping lanes of The Channel to reach Britain. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)LONDON The British government has appointed a former Royal Marine commando to try to stop people crossing the English Channel from France in small boats. Migrants have long used northern France as a launching point to reach Britain, either in trucks through the Channel tunnel or on ferries. Some have turned to small boats organized by smugglers because coronavirus lockdowns have reduced opportunities to stow away on ferries and trucks. Human rights groups have criticized the British governments harsh rhetoric and accused officials of trying to blame France for the rise in the number of boat crossings.
UK military asked to help stem Channel migrant crossings
A Border Force vessel brings a group of people thought to be migrants into the port city of Dover, England, from small boats, Saturday Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Britains military said Saturday it has been asked by the government to help prevent people from reaching the U.K. from France in small boats, after a surge in the number of vessels making the dangerous journey. On Thursday, 235 people landed or were brought ashore from boats in the English Channel, a record number for a single day. Some have turned to small boats organized by smugglers because lockdowns have reduced opportunities to stow away on ferries and trucks. The number of migrants crossing the Channel is small compared to the number who try to reach southern European countries across the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
Twitter faces backlash over handling of anti-Semitic posts
LONDON Some Twitter users are staging a 48-hour boycott of the platform over its handling of a stream of anti-Semitic comments that were posted on British rapper Wileys social media accounts. The boycott, under the hashtag #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate, followed complaints that Twitter was too slow to remove offensive material. U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel has written to the social media companies demanding an explanation as to the speed of their response. Some of Wileys posts were visible for more than 12 hours before being removed. Twitter banned the grime artist for seven days after posts Friday and Saturday.
3 slain in stabbing at UK park; police say motive unclear
Several people were injured in a stabbing attack in the park on Saturday, and British media said police were treating it as terrorism-related. The local Thames Valley Police force tweeted that officers were called to the city's Forbury Gardens around 7 p.m. Airline worker Carlos Garcia Pascual was walking to his home near Forbury Gardens when emergency vehicles and police officers descended. Forbury Gardens is a peaceful place, a lot of families go there with their kids to play, picnics. To realize that happened in Forbury Gardens is really hard to believe.