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Immigration Health Surchage to increase for student visas

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will go up from a price of £470 to £776 per year for students who are required to have a student visa to stay in…

Sunak’s Rwanda bill passes third reading despite Tory rebellion 

On 17 January, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Safety of Rwanda Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons, despite a Conservative rebellion over the bill. The bill was…

UK visa reforms announced to cut migration

On 4 December 2023, a set of new visa requirements were announced, on course to be implemented by spring 2025, to progress the government’s plan and manifesto promise to reduce…

“When I said I would stop the boats, I meant it.” – PM determined to go through with Rwanda plan, despite Supreme Court ruling

On 15 November, the UK Supreme Court unanimously ruled the government’s scheme to send refugees to Rwanda as unlawful. The Supreme Court pointed out the risk of asylum seekers being…

Court strikes down Rwanda plan

The UK government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has been deemed unlawful by the Court of Appeal. Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett declared that Rwanda was not a…

The Illegal Migration Bill, explained

Last week, the UK Government announced its controversial Illegal Immigration Bill that seeks to overhaul the UK asylum system. Since its announcement, the Bill has been the subject of widespread…

Does fiction portray migration better than non-fiction and the media?

Recently, I have been reading two books. The first is a non-fiction work by British journalist Tim Marshall called The Power of Geography. It explores international diplomacy and presents ‘ten…

EIBF 2022: Abdulrazak Gurnah, ‘Migration, The Story of Our Times’

Though initially intrigued but nonetheless unfamiliar with Abdulrazak Gurnah and his work, I sat mesmerised by the Nobel Prize winner for the hour he had been allotted at the Edinburgh…