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Immigration News Weekly Round up 22 April 2012 | Immigration Matters

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MP’s call for UK withdrawal from European Court of Human Rights

Backbench Tory MPs have demanded Britain’s withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) following the Abu Qatada deportation fiasco this week, the Daily Mail reports.

UK tourists spent record £9.36bn in London in 2011

Millions of UK tourists and business visitors flocked to London last year and dug even deeper into their pockets, according to data.

London ‘ideal location’ as Chinese renminbi trading centre says UK Chancellor

UK Chancellor George Osborne believes London is the ideal location for offshore trading in Chinese renminbi (RMB) and wants the capital to become the world’s top destination for the business.

Canada’s growth dependent on immigration

It appears almost certain that by 2030 Canada will be entirely reliant on immigration for population growth, the Financial Post reports. Canada’s Federal Skilled Workers Program is to be streamlined to help businesses recruit much needed skilled tradespersons.

UK unemployment falls by 35,000

UK unemployment has registered its first fall since last spring, according to official figures, and the UK’s largest grocer, TESCO, is creating 20,000 additional jobs.

London Olympic motto unveiled as 100-day countdown begins

The motto for the London Olympics has been revealed as “Inspire a generation” as events are held to mark the 100-day countdown to the opening ceremony. Although visa fees have risen this month, with the London Olympics just 100 days away, millions of visitors should have already applied for UK Tourist Visas.

Appeal lodged against Abu Qatada deportation

Abu Qatada’s deportation has been thrown into confusion after the European Court of Human Rights said it had received a last-minute appeal.

College of Law bought by Private Equity investors for £200 million

A private equity investment firm has bought a UK college with its own degree-awarding powers – in a groundbreaking deal for the UK’s higher education sector, the BBC reports.

Abu Qatada arrested for deportation

Radical cleric Abu Qatada has been arrested and told the Home Office will try to deport him, the BBC understands.

Immigration Judge says settled migrants can only be removed for ‘very serious reasons’

Immigration Judge cast doubts on Theresa May’s plan to stop foreign criminals abusing human rights laws.

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