security
Report: Phone Searches at US Border Set to Skyrocket in 2017

The recent anecdotal evidence of an increase in phone searches at the border turns out to be spot on. According to data obtained by NBC News, the number of phone searches at the border has skyrocketed this year, with more searches performed on phones in February 2017 than the entire year of 2015. Read More >>

politics
Uber’s CEO Praises the ‘Magic of America’ in Toothless Statement on Immigration Ban

Being part of Trump’s economic advisory team and the head of an international Silicon Valley company has Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick in a bit of a pickle. His official statement regarding the president’s immigration ban takes virtually no position, aside from that America is great. Read More >>

travel
US Immigration Might Want to See the Tweets of Potential Visitors

The US immigration people have added a really quite worrying new option to its list of data it asks entrants to the country to provide -- the social media account details of travellers. So be prepared to spend 36 hours in a little room being questioned by a humourless man with a non-ironic moustache if you've ever got Trump to RT a photo of a murderer. Read More >>

politics
Canada Confirms a Stampede of Americans Crashed Immigration Website on Election Night

On Tuesday night, following the ascendance of a sentient bottle of fake tan to the most powerful office in the world, so many people visited Canada’s informational immigration website that it crashed. Now, officials have confirmed what some already suspected: A large number of those people were desperate Americans presumably plotting their escape. Read More >>

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US Customs Wants to See Foreigners’ Dumb Tweets and Embarrassing Snaps

If you’re a foreigner travelling into or out of the United States, US Customs and Border Protection wants to see your social media accounts. If my Twitter account is any indication, they are in for a dumb, boring time. Read More >>

history
Mesmerising Animation Shows Which Countries Sent the Most Immigrants to the US Since 1820

Immigration is a hot topic in the United States right now, thanks in part to a rather blustery presidential candidate. But as this animated map created by Metrocosm reminds us, migrants have been a defining aspect of the U.S. for centuries. Read More >>

history
Australia’s Secret History as a White Utopia

Today, the majority of Australians take pride in being part of a multicultural, multiethnic society – but the nation has a brutally racist history. Read More >>

photography
Migrant’s Selfie Travel Doc Was a Fake

The Instagram account of a supposed migrant travelling to Europe from Senegal has been revealed as a hoax, meaning hundreds of people left their finest racist comments beneath photos documenting his escape to the EU for no good reason. Read More >>

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Ai Weiwei Can Leave China, But the UK’s Not Keen on Having Him

The UK immigration and visas department is the latest state authority to have a go at artist Ai Weiwei, who's proudly back in possession of his Chinese visa -- but not being made to feel welcome over here. Read More >>

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Drone Footage Shows Massive New Border Fence Between Hungary and Serbia

Hungarian police are erecting a 175-kilometre-long razor wire fence along the border between Hungary and Serbia. This depressing video from Drone Media Studio shows how the beautiful countryside is being destroyed, literally and figuratively, by anti-immigration policies. Read More >>

money
New UK Immigrants to Lose Benefits if They Fail Tougher English Language Test

The government is aiming to appease the growing anti-immigration crowd with a new crackdown on the perceived wave of "benefit tourists," with Jobcentre staff to be tasked with checking the English skills of new claimants and denying benefits to those who fail. Read More >>

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“Go Home” Immigration Vans Lead to Over 1,000 Prank Texts

Proving that, for the most part, we're not only a tolerant and sensitive society but also a bloody good laugh too, it's been revealed that more than two-thirds of the 1,561 text messages sent to the number on the side of the Home Office's ludicrous anti-immigration vans were, in fact, pranks. Read More >>

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What on Earth Is the Home Office Playing At?

After the massive "go home" mobile billboards the government sent out onto the streets of Britain, the Home Office's official Twitter account has taken things a bit far. It's started live-tweeting about raids on alleged illegal immigrants, complete with pixelated pictures showing #immigrationoffenders being carted off by burly cops. There's government transparency, and then there's media showboating. Has the Home Office gone a little too far? Read More >>

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Missed Deadlines, Lost Wedding Certificates, and Baffling Incompetence: Welcome to the Home Office

Before I say anything else, allow me to be the first to admit that immigration is a sticky topic. The unavoidable truth is that immigration is one of those topics where both extreme views are incorrect. It is, indeed, true that the UK cannot take on an unlimited number of immigrants from all over the world, no matter how well-educated, well-adjusted, and well-prepared they are for life in the UK. The opposite is also true: The UK economy would suffer greatly from not taking in any immigrants at all. Read More >>