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Posted on Jun 25, 2010 in Migration News |

New Zealand – The Most Peaceful Country

New Zealand is ranked the most peaceful country in the world for a second consecutive year, shows the Global Peace Index. The Global Peace Index is conducted by the Institute for Economics and Peace for 149 countries. According to the survey, peace is determined by factors such as income, schooling and level of regional integration. Also, the peaceful countries demonstrate high levels of government transparency and low corruption. The smaller and more stable countries, part of regional blocks, are most likely to score higher spots in the index. Countries ranking right after New Zealand are Iceland on 2nd place, Japan – 3rd, Austria – 4th, Norway – 5th, and Ireland – 6th. Australia was far below New Zealand as it took 19th place for a second consecutive year. It was not a surprise that Iraq was placed last – 149th place, after last year it was slightly better – with 5 places up. The United States is at 85th, which is far better than previous years as in 2008 it was ranked 97th. Germany is in the top 20% of most peaceful countries and is 16th; UK is at 31st; France – 32nd, and Russia – 143rd. The index suggests that the world has become less peaceful compared to a year ago, when the previous survey was taken. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2010 in Migration News, UK Working Holiday |

UK Employment Update

The UK unemployment rate worried economists as it rose from 7.8% to 7.9% from February through April.   The difference is only 0.1% but it equals 23,000 jobless people, which increased the total unemployment number to 2.47 million.   In addition, official statistics also showed that those out of work and not seeking employment also rose with 29,000 during the same period – or 21.5% of the working age population.   Experts say that the UK’s austerity measures will increase unemployment even more because part of the spending cuts will affect the public sector employment.   John Walker, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: “The FSB believes that while it is important that the government cuts the deficit – something that over 90% of FSB members agree with – it must not be at the expense of the recovery or mean a hike in taxes for small businesses.” TUC general secretary Brendan Barber also added, “The worst possible response would be to slash spending, which will cut demand in the economy and send hundreds of thousands of public and private sector workers on to the dole.” Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 10, 2010 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Immigrating to the UK might become harder

On May 7, the Conservative party won the elections with the majority of the votes—10,706,647. If the conservatives keep their promises about better immigration control, they will tighten up the rules for everybody who wants to enter and stay in the country. They will supposedly start monitoring closely immigrants from outside the European Union coming in for economic reasons; introduce stricter rules for UK student visas; apply English language test for non-EU immigrants entering the country to get married, and reduce illegal immigration. It will soon become obvious whether the plan will work out or not. We only hope for clarity and fairness. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 4, 2010 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Labour Party on Immigration

The Labour party believe that controlled immigration has a positive effect on the country. Based on the years of experience, they are confident they have done a lot of positive changes in the immigrant rules. They are implementing “a new Australian-style points-based immigration system,” which will help to let only the skilled immigrants in the country—to help build a stronger economy, per www.labour.org.uk.   They promise that by the end of 2010, in addition to the 100% biometric visas and ID cards for foreign nationals, they will start electric border controls to count people in and out of the country. In order to gain positive results from the new strategy, there will be a points-based system for permanent residence and citizenship, with clearly stated rights and obligations of the candidates—“…because we believe those who look to build a new life here should earn the right to do so.” Such requirements will be to learn English, pay taxes, obey the laws.   “Our Earned Citizenship plans for newcomers, together with the points-based immigration system will reduce overall numbers of economic migrants coming to Britain and the numbers awarded permanent settlement,” say the Labourists. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 4, 2010 in Migration News |

Liberal Democrats on Immigration

According to the Liberal Democrats, the Government has acted ineffectively and incompetently with the immigration problem. As a result, the public has lost confidence that the country can be liberal towards immigration–as it’s always been before.   The Liberal Democrats see immigration as beneficial for Britain, thus they will support legal immigration and promote integration, but will not allow uncontrolled border passing.   “Liberal Democrats would take control of our borders and immediately reintroduce entry and exit checks,” say the Liberal Democrats according to libdems.org.uk, adding that the National Border Force will be empowered to arrest and bring law violators to justice.   In addition, foreign families that have been living in the country for years and have been paying taxes, will have a way to get a citizenship. The families need to prove they want to work, speak English and “commit to the UK in the long term.”   Another step the party will take is to direct the immigration to under-populated areas, or wherever it’s needed like Scotland, for instance.   At last, the Liberal Democrats promise to establish an asylum system, “for those fleeing real persecution.” The system will be fairer because it will charge “a Canadian-style independent agency” to operate separately from the Home Office. This step will “reduce the number of decisions overturned on appeal.” Finally, the party will allow the asylum-seekers to work in order to support themselves, and this way they will not be dependant on benefits.   Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 4, 2010 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Immigration & the UK General Election 2010

A lot of issues are being discussed and a lot of promises made. No doubt, there are a lot of important topics to mention, however we decided to stress on what effects people traveling to the UK. One of the biggest problems UK has is the immigration. The country has been trying to cope with the chaos among immigrants and more specifically, the lack of effective rules on who, why and for how long can stay in the country. Lenient immigrant rules have led to rise in crime, people trafficking, etc. The new candidates from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal democrat parties have proposed their solutions on the problem, all promising one—to restrict and better control the immigrant flow. Here is what the parties stand for:   Conservatives on Immigration – The Conservatives say that for the past 12 years there has been nothing but a chaos in the immigration rules… The Labour Party on Immigration – They promise that by the end of 2010, in addition to the 100% biometric visas and ID cards for foreign nationals, they will start electric border controls to count people in and out of the country… Liberal Democrats on Immigration – The Liberal Democrats see immigration as beneficial for Britain, thus they will support legal immigration and promote integration, but will not allow uncontrolled border passing… Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on May 4, 2010 in Living Abroad, Migration News |

Conservatives on Immigration

The Conservatives say that for the past 12 years there has been nothing but a chaos in the immigration rules. Every time a migration problem rises, the Government proposes new ideas and introduces new Bills, which at the end lead to more confusion and unsolved issues. “Control immigration, reducing it to the levels of the 1990s – meaning tens of thousands a year, instead of the hundreds of thousands a year under Labour,” is one of the measures the Conservative party will take to improve the British economy, according to David Cameron the leader of the Conservative party (conservatives.com). The party will work on a four-step plan and if elected they will:   Apply a limit on “the numbers of non-EU economic migrants” allowed to work in the country. The limit will change every year because they will carefully monitor the effect on the economy due to the rising population. Work on preventing illegal migration, thus reducing people trafficking and other crimes, with the help of “dedicated Border Police Force.” “Tighten up the student visa system,” which is so far the weakest system in the border controls. Implement “an English language test for anyone coming here from outside the EU to get married,” which will help for better social integration. Visa FirstMore...

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