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20 Jan 2016 description
report Refugee Council

A British court has ordered that three children and one adult in Calais should be immediately brought to Britain to join their relatives.

In a ground breaking order the court ruled that the three unaccompanied children and dependant adult should, under European rules, be allowed to live with their loved ones who are already in Britain while their asylum claims are examined.

20 Jan 2016 description
report Guardian

Formal scrapping of Dublin regulation,- which obliges refugees to claim asylum in first country they arrive in, could leave UK more open to migration flows

Europe is preparing to scrap the rules obliging refugees to seek asylum in the first country in which they arrive, a move that is likely to raise the temperature of the UK EU referendum campaign.

Read the full article on the Guardian.

14 Jan 2016 description
report British Red Cross

Record number of UK asylum seekers destitute

More than 9,000 asylum seekers were left destitute last year, according to new figures from the British Red Cross.

The charity has seen a 15 per cent increase in the number of asylum seekers using its services, who do not have adequate access to food, accommodation and healthcare.

07 Jan 2016 description


The global development landscape is changing fast. In 2015, a new global development agenda was launched through the Global Goals, alongside international commitments on development finance and climate change. In the UK, the government has set out a strategy for UK aid for the next five years.

17 Dec 2015 description

United Kingdom - Yesterday (16/12) IOM welcomed the arrival of the first 1,000 Syrian refugees in the United Kingdom since the British government’s September decision to resettle 20,000 Syrians from Middle Eastern refugee camps by the year 2020.

Under the UK government’s vulnerable persons resettlement scheme, IOM, in coordination with UNHCR and the governments of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, is playing a key role in realizing this goal.

16 Dec 2015 description

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, the PM announced the UK has delivered on its promise of resettling 1,000 Syrian refugees by Christmas.

18 Nov 2015 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wednesday 11/18/2015 - 18:12 GMT

The bodies of two suspected migrants have been found in Britain in a wooden crate containing commercial boilers, police said Wednesday.

The crate left northern Italy and came into Britain on a ferry from Dunkirk in northern France to Dover on October 8.

06 Sep 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 4 Sep 2015 19:47 GMT

By Tom Esslemont

LONDON, Sept 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When 16-year-old Alem fled his home country, Eritrea, in February of this year he never imagined he would be heading for a new life in Britain.

Read the full article on AlertNet

05 Aug 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | mercredi 05/08/2015 - 14:14 GMT

Quelque 350 tentatives d'intrusion de migrants voulant gagner l'Angleterre ont été enregistrées dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi sur le site Eurotunnel près de Calais (France), bien moins qu'en début de semaine, a-t-on appris de source policière.

Dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, 600 tentatives d'intrusion avaient été enregistrées, et la veille 1.700, après deux nuits plutôt calmes dues à la diminution du trafic le weekend.

28 Jul 2015 description

Lille, France | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 18:06 GMT

About 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais overnight in a desperate bid to reach England through the Channel tunnel, a spokesman said Tuesday.

"It was the biggest incursion effort in the past month and a half," said the spokesman for Eurotunnel, which is battling often deadly efforts by migrants to smuggle into Britain.

14 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By William James

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - Britain plans to create a 'secure zone' at the French port of Calais to protect lorries heading for England from migrants trying to enter the country illegally, interior minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

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20 May 2015 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 03:46 GMT

by Alice RITCHIE

After braving the leaky boats of the Mediterranean, many migrants to Europe make another dangerous crossing, risking their lives hidden inside or under the wheels of lorries to try to reach Britain.

Meron, an Eritrean refugee, was just 15 when he spent a fortnight last September in the French port of Calais waiting to cross over to Dover.

11 Apr 2014 description

Prioritise disability in development work, warn MPs

MPs say development goals will remain out of reach unless DFID urgently steps up its work on disability.

04 Apr 2014 description

ICAI publishes report on How DFID Learns.

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) has published a report on ‘How the Department for International Development (DFID) Learns’. Building on learning and applying what works in practice is essential if UK aid is to achieve maximum impact and value for money. In producing this report ICAI has been able to draw on the body of its 31 reports to date.

03 Apr 2014 description
report AlertNet

Author: Astrid Zweynert

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain became the first of the world’s richest large nations to hit an internationally agreed target -- spending 0.7 percent of national income on development aid.

Read the full story on Alertnet

22 May 2012 description

Govt urged to commit funds to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

NEW REPORT: DFID’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

MPs on the International Development Committee are urging the UK to increase funding to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria—the international financing mechanism set up ten years ago by donor countries which has helped save millions of lives in developing countries.

20 Jan 2012 description

Private philanthropy is improving the lives of some of the world’s poorest people, but the Department for International Development (DFID) must do more to engage private foundations in coordinated global efforts to improve the effectiveness of aid.

19 Jul 2011 description

The Government has today published a new strategy outlining how the UK will help to stop serious conflict from taking hold in unstable countries.

When violent conflict breaks out, the costs to the country and the international community are enormous. Lives are lost, people are displaced and trade links are cut. Schools shut down, hospitals are destroyed and businesses cannot operate. For these reasons, war is often termed 'development in reverse'.

10 Jun 2011 description

UK to prevent half a million HIV infections among women in Africa

Stephen O'Brien is today announcing that the UK will help reduce new HIV infections by at least half a million among women in Africa over the next four years.

At an international meeting on AIDS in New York, O’Brien outlined the UK’s plans to tackle HIV which has claimed over 30 million lives.