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Net migration to UK hits record 606,000 in 2022

Net migration to Britain reached a record high of 606,000 last year, data showed on Thursday, drawing fresh promises from prime minister Rishi Sunak to reduce arrivals, but underscoring the difficulty of doing so at a time of acute labour shortages. The increase was driven by people from outside the European Union coming to Britain to work or study and ...

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Many foreign students to lose right to bring family to UK

Foreign postgraduate students on non-research courses will no longer be able to bring family members to the UK, under new immigration curbs. The announcement has been made two days before official statistics are expected to show legal migration has hit a record 700,000 this year. Last year, 135,788 visas were granted to dependants of foreign students, nearly nine times the ...

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UK govt announces overseas student curbs to slash immigration

The UK government on Tuesday announced a package of measures aimed at international students, including a ban on some family members, as ministers come under growing pressure to cut immigration, AFP reports. After a drop during the pandemic, net migration has been steadily on the rise and is reportedly expected to hit a record high this year. Official figures published ...

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Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie expecting third child

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie has announced she is pregnant with her third child. Sharing the news on Instagram, Mrs Johnson said she had felt “pretty exhausted” for the past eight months but “we can’t wait to meet this little one” in a few weeks’ time. The couple, who married in May 2021, already have two children – ...

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Sunak to warn international system for policing human trafficking is ‘not working’

The Prime Minister will warn European leaders during a gathering in Iceland that the international system for policing human trafficking is “not working”. Rishi Sunak will tell the Council of Europe meeting in Reykjavik that both European communities and the world’s most vulnerable are “paying the price” for the failure to prevent unlawful migration. It comes as Mr Sunak’s Conservative ...

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UK promises more missiles, attack drones for Ukraine as Zelenskyy meets Sunak on European tour

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was in Britain Monday on his whirlwind European tour, as the staunch ally of Kyiv promised to give Ukraine hundreds more missiles and attack drones in an effort to change the course of the war. Zelenskyy landed by helicopter at Chequers, the British leader’s official country retreat, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ...

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UK to roll out first driverless bus service

The UK will roll out its first driverless bus network in Scotland next week with drivers on standby behind the steering wheel, ready to take control should an emergency arise, reports AFP. The service, which aims to carry 10,000 passengers a week over a 22.5-kilometre route on five single-deck buses, will be the world’s first automated local bus service, its ...

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Charles III officially crowned King in first UK coronation since 1953

The Archbishop of Canterbury crowned King Charles in a lavish coronation ceremony in London on Saturday, placing the 360-year-old St Edward’s Crown on the monarch’s head as he sat upon a 14th century throne in Westminster Abbey, report Reuters, AP, AFP. Charles, who succeeded his mother when she died last September, was earlier presented with an array of historical regalia ...

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Anti-monarchists among UK protesters arrested before king’s coronation

UK police drew condemnation after arresting leading members of the anti-monarchy group Republic as they prepared to protest along the route of a procession for the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday. Officers from London’s Metropolitan Police force detained six organisers from the pressure group and seized hundreds of their placards, Republic said, just hours before Charles’s crowning. Republic ...

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