In the last Immigration Matters article of the year, and the decade, we reflect on the events of 2009 and contemplate what we might expect in 2010.
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has defended the government’s new points based visa system for foreign students against claims it is easy to abuse, the BBC reports.
Aliyah from the UK increased by 34 per cent, the largest increase in new immigrants to Israel in 2009. The Jewish Agency for Israel has announced a global increase of 17 per cent, after more than 16,200 new olim made their home in Israel.
A gang has received jailed sentences of up to four years for immigration offences relating to arranging sham marriages.
The latest airline bomb plot terrorist was a former overseas student in the UK, but was denied a second student visa.