Weekly Immigration News Digest 2nd – 8th December 2017

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8 December 2017

A selection of the most important immigration news of the week.


Dublin holds the keys to Britain’s post-Brexit future, says Tusk | The Telegraph | 2.12.2017

Donald Tusk and Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar are urging Britain to stop the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic from becoming a hard border. If an agreement is not reached, trade talks will be delayed for a second time. Staying in the single market is the solution which the Irish prime minister suggests for the UK. Read the full article…

Immigration is a ‘good thing’ for Britain says Brexit-backing Wetherspoons head | The Independent | 3.12.2017

Tim Martin, chairman of the Wetherspoons pub chain, believes that ‘inward immigration’ will be good for the country and help the British economy to grow. The business employs between 2000 and 3000 staff from across the EU. Around 22% of those who work in the hospitality sector are from the EU, but the industry is expected to suffer post-Brexit. Read the full article…

Doctors tell Home Office to scrap immigration removal centres | The Guardian | 4.12.2017

The doctors’ union, the British Medical Association, is making a strong push for IRCs in Britain to be phased out, as concerns for the lack of humanity in the treatment of the detainees increase. The BMA wants a screening process before detention to be implemented in order to protect the most vulnerable. Read the full article… ‘Locked up, locked out’ BMA report

Germany is preparing to send refugees back to Syria | Chicago Tribune | 6.12.2017

German ministers will discuss whether Syrian asylum-seekers in Germany should be forced to return to their country once their asylum permits expire. If there are parts of Syria that are deemed ‘safe for return’, asylum-seekers could be sent back as early as June next year. The UN High Commission on Refugees states that only when there are fundamental and enduring changes to conditions can refugees be sent back to their homeland. Read the full article…