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Australia Prime Minister Promises to Cap Refugee Numbers

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Australia Set to Cap Number of Migrants AnnuallyAs Australia‘s general election draws closer, immigration and refugees matters are prominent issues, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison is looking to leverage on the issues as he seeks reelection by promising that the country should expect a crackdown on who enters its borders if he is reelected.

The number of migrants that would be allowed to enter Australia as refugees will now be capped at 18,750 per year, Morrison said in a speech on April 29. He also gave an account of who will be allowed into the country as he geared up for May 18 general elections.

The issues now faced in Australia largest cities – Sydney and Melbourne – are the reasons immigration is a hot topic again in the country. Populations of both Sydney (about 5 million) and Melbourne (about 4.8 million) have almost doubled within the last decade which has led to overstretching of the amenities in the cities. Hence, the government is looking to reduce entrance as well as ensure settlements are made in regions that have community support.

Built on Immigration

According to an expert, immigration has always been a matter of controversy in Australia. Immigrants are always blamed for whatever issues the country face, he said.

He said many people in the country fail to see that Australia is built on and has been greatly enriched by immigration, the only problem being that poor urban planning coupled with insufficient infrastructure have resulted in choking of Australia’s main cities.

Calls of reduction in immigration are popular amidst Australia’s political class with some arguing that working holidaymakers and students take up a large chunk of jobs in the country, besides the obvious high housing cost in the country’s main cities.

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Britons Already Adjusting to Lower EU Immigration – UK Government

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More Britons Employed in the UK Since Brexit Vote

More Britons Employed in the UK Since Brexit VoteAlmost all new jobs created in the United Kingdom since Brexit vote in 2016 have been filled by Britons signifying an obvious adjustment on the side of businesses regarding lower European Union immigration according to the UK government.

UK Employment Minister, Alok Sharma, revealed that since the 2016 vote, the number of EU nationals joining the country’s workforce had significantly fallen below 35,000.

If the number of EU nationals, 410,000, that joined the workforce two years prior to the vote is considered, businesses have every reason to be concerned as they surely were. Nationals of EU members accounted for about (50%) half of employment growth in the UK between 2014 and 2016.

Fortunately, the British people have reacted brilliantly by taking the majority of the new jobs in the country, and EU nationals are only responsible for five percent of the new jobs created.

Above one million joined the workforce

Since 2016, more than one million Britons are now in work in the UK. Minister Sharma attributed this to the number of unemployed Britons that are now employed as well as the number of people returning to work after they left on health or childcare grounds.

Sharma said this is a case of adjustment from employers in the UK. He said about nine of ten new jobs are filled by Britons since 2016 signifying that the confidence companies have to invest in job creation in the country has not been dampened. He also lauded the government for not being complacent in ensuring the proper adjustment.

He said further that the UK’s pool of unemployed and returners (about 3.5 million people) would take up more jobs by the time the UK leaves EU.

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Liberians Get Extended Immigration Status in the US

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Liberians Get Extended Immigration Status in the USOn Thursday, 28 March, the president of the United States – Donald Trump, extended a humanitarian program that will see Liberians reside and work in the country.

President Trump is famous for his hard stance against immigration, not just illegal immigration. Within the last six months, the US has seen the longest partial government shutdown in its history due to Mr. Trump’s insistence on getting funding for the US-Mexico border wall. He also declared a national emergency as a result. Many asylum seekers are stranded at the US-Mexico border as the number of asylum case treated per day has been significantly limited by his administration. There have also been numerous family separations. All of these have sparked debates not just in the US but across the world; questions are being asked of America’s immigration policies under the current administration. US employers on Wednesday declared Canada’s immigration policies much better.

But in contrary to the usual aggression against immigration, the White House revealed the signing of the extension of a program that sees Liberians seek better lives away from environmental disasters and war for one year by the president.

Trump changed his mind; we hope for more

In 2018, Mr. Trump decided to put an end to the Deferred Enforced Departure program which has been operational since 2007, stating there was no longer need for the program as things are better in Liberia. Therefore, thousands of Liberians were in line for status expiration on Sunday.

To great relief, President Trump has seen a need for the program to continue for another 12 months. Democrats are still seeking a permanent solution via congress.

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UK Embassy Introduces Self-upload Visa in Immigration Application Portal

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In a commitment to the improvement of UK Visas and Immigration Services (UKVI), changes have been made to the Access UK services by the UK’s Home Office to enable the enjoyment of a smooth and convenient application process.

These changes include the introduction of new technology, digitization of services and improvements to the online customer journey.

The Way it Works

The Access UK offer customers the ability to booking visa application center appointment and also scanning and uploading their supporting documents from their homes.

This can be done through the eDossier solo documents upload application which is offered by TLS, their commercial partner on Android and IOS, and the purpose of any additional service that will help enhance their experience.

Continuous uploading of supporting documents for the applications can be done until the day of the appointment.

This development implies that original documentation submission isn’t necessary, although individual passports will be required so that vignettes can be placed on it after the visa is granted.

The service is now global and also available in Ghana currently. Its availability on mobile devices makes it convenient to access the platform and complete applications, which is rather clear, brief and relevant to what the customer had answered before.

Applications can be edited, reviewed and downloaded before submission. Understanding the total cost is easy as fees are displayed in the appropriate local currency.

Furthermore, customers also enjoy the ability to book an appointment to submit their biometrics at their chosen VAC, self-upload supporting evidence and also pay for additional services if needed.

Benefits

In summary, Access UK provides visa customers with:

1. Quick and easier visa application through intuitive online form

2. Access to upload required documentation till the day of application

3. Ability to effect changes to the application at any moment.

4. Flexibility through using a mobile device

5. Selection of any suitable and available service for the customers, be it super-priority, priority, and standard.

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Theresa May’s No-Deal Brexit Plan Rejected by Lawmakers

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What a no-deal Brexit means for the UKOn Wednesday, 13 March, British Parliament said no to Theresa May’s no-deal Brexit as exit deadline looms. You will recall that the MPs had on two different occasions rejected the Prime Minister’s plan for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Mrs. May had earlier supported a non-binding motion stating the MPs rejected a no-deal exit 29 March, but the PM’s wishes were surprisingly denied as 312 to 308 votes were cast by Parliament to amend the motion to oppose a no-deal Brexit at any time.

Parliament also won in upholding the motion by 321 to 278 votes following the government’s attempt to get the lawmakers to defeat the motion entirely.

UK’s decision to exit the EU began about 2 years, but things did not move as fast as anticipated. Desperate urgency is now in full gear as deadline looms.

The eventualities of no-deal Brexit

There have been serious concerns across several quarters in the UK and beyond about the complications that could come with a no-deal Brexit which has made it a more unlikely outcome.

If no-deal Brexit goes through, some goods from the EU will have tariffs for the very first time while some products from non-EU countries will be without tariffs for the first time as well.

Following this latest rejection, the Parliament is expected to seek an extension to Brexit deadline in a vote slated for Thursday, 14 March.

The deadline of any Brexit extension will be May 29, according to the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. Some others think it could be extended as far as the end of June.

It is unsure if any short extension will help resolve the challenges faced so far.

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New Zealand to Increase Immigration Staffing to Meet Visa Processing Demand

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New Zealand to Increase Immigration Staffing to Meet Visa Processing DemandAfter waiting for two months, a group of Chinese tourists have not been issued visitor visas by New Zealand for a week-long tour in the country which is due to start on January 2. This has therefore led to questions being asked of Immigration New Zealand’s ability to handle the very much anticipated increase in volume of visa applications NZ-China 2019 Tourism.

In respect to the volume of applications, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) admitted it is struggling to cope with such volume. There is the need for more staff according to Simon Cheung, chairman of NZ Chinese Travel and Tourism Association.

Visa Applications Volume

Approximately 45,000 temporary visas are being processed by INZ at the moment. It includes 19,000 onshore applications and 26,000 offshore applications.

Mr Cheung said delays in visa applications lead to unpalatable experiences even before the start of the holiday resulting in a bad reputation for New Zealand.

He revealed that increase ranging between 10 to 20 percent is expected in the volume of Chinese tourists against 2019 and efforts are being made in alliance with both INZ and Customs to ensure seamless arrival and entry of these tourists.

He explained that about a hundred thousand Chinese visitors enter the country per year with their applications usually made in groups. Delay in just one of the visas can cause a delay for every other applicants.

INZ will be helped to get information on entry requirements for visitors as well as advising applicants to lodge applications early online to interested tourists according to Cheung nevertheless he acknowledged that INZ will need more manpower to deal with these visas once received.

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International Migration Hits High Record in Canada

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International Migration Hits High Record in Canada

International Migration Hits High Record in CanadaBetween 1st July and 1st September 2018, there has been an unexpected rise in the number of foreigners migrating to Canada from all over the world.

An estimate has shown that in the third quarter of the year, the population of the country has risen by 183,715 people. According to Statistics Canada, this number was the highest quarterly ever since 1971 when the present accounting system was introduced.

The major part of the increase in number the of people who trooped into Canada between July 1st and October 1st came in via international migration, which accounted for 146,531 people out of the 183,715 people that came in.

That was the highest number ever recorded by international migration, and the rise was said to be caused by the arrival of the unexpected number of people who are not Permanent Residence and the strong levels of migration.

Of all those who were admitted into the country, 79,417 of them were not permanent residents of Canada, and 82,316 of them were permanent residents. Statistics Canada said that most of those who did not have Permanent Residence were holders of study and work permits.

Factors affecting population growth in Canada between July to September 1998 to 2018

Since 1971, The first record of the fifth largest number of permanent residents admitted in one quarter was between 1st July and 1st September.

In the third quarter of 2018, the normal population growth in the country was estimated to be 37,184. In the records prepared by Statistics Canada, the number of births was 103,199, and the number of deaths was 66,015.

Statistics Canada also reported that looking at it from the third quarter of 2012, the natural rate of growth of Canada’s population has been depreciating. This, they say could be as a result of an ageing population and the case might remain the same for some time.

Major population growth taking place at Prince Edward Island

It was mentioned in Statistics Canada that in nine provinces, the primary source of population growth between 1st July and 1st September was from international migration.

The smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island, happened to see the greatest rate of growth in population, having a 1% rise in its population.

Factors affecting population growth in Provinces and Territories between July and September 2018

In the Prince Edward Island, there have been specific measures undertaken by the government to attract more skilled workers to its province through its Provincial Nominee Program, to salvage its declining population which is due to immigration to other provinces and a large number of ageing people in its population.

Benefits of International Migration to Provinces

According to Statistics Canada, the ill effects of interprovincial migration in Provinces like Quebec, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba can be reduced by international immigration.

It has also reduced the effect of having more deaths than births in the population of Provinces like New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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UK Considers Ending Indefinite Immigration Detention

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UK Considers Ending Indefinite Immigration Detention

UK Considers Ending Indefinite Immigration Detention

Caroline Nokes, UK’s immigration minister, has informed MPs she is seriously considering calls to nip indefinite immigration detention in the bud.

The UK does not have a cap on its immigration detention and as a result a lot of cases involving detainees being held for months and even years.

During her appearance before the joint committee on human rights, the immigration minister revealed that she is watching the issue of immigration detention time limits very closely. She said her focus is to ensure a detention system that does not just uphold the country’s immigration policies but is also fair to those detained.

Detention Survey

Every year, UK incurs cost in the range of 108 million pounds on about 25,000 new detainees awaiting deportation. High court judges, parliament committees, UN and local authorities have all criticized the Government’s practice of indefinite incarceration.

It has been discovered that more than 50% of detainees are eventually not deported and a good number of them have taken legal action against the country for their detention. According to a report by Home Office, three million pounds was paid by the Government to 118 people in the 2017/2018 fiscal year on the ground of unlawful detention.

A survey that involved about 200 detainees across seven different deportation centers in England revealed that more than half (about 56%) were categorized as an adult at risk, who are only supposed to be held in cases considered extreme. This result suggests breaching of Home Office guidelines on detention.

The same survey revealed that 84% are on open-ended detention – have not been told when they will be deported. About 50% of the detainees did not commit any crime, many of whom have been detained for four months on the average.

Minister Nokes appeared before the joint committee on human rights after a bill to impose a 28-day statutory limit on immigration detention received cross-party support when tabled by Labour MP Tulip Siddiq.

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