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Up to 54,000 illegal migrants are set to get new rights to live in Britain after a key part of Priti Patel's flagship immigration law was dropped.

The move was announced yesterday by Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick in a bid to slash the asylum backlog.

Under the change, illegal migrants will have the same rights as those who came to the UK legally.

They will be allowed to remain in the UK for five years, rather than 30 months, if their asylum claims are successful and be able to apply to settle in Britain.

It abandons the two-tier system introduced by Boris Johnson and then home secretary Ms Patel in the Nationality and Border Act, which was aimed at deterring people from making the journey across the Channel in small boats.

In a written statement, Mr Jenrick said the differentiation policy was previously the "right approach" but since then the "scale of the challenge... has grown". 

He said: "That is why the Government introduced the Illegal Migration Bill.

"The Bill goes further than ever before in seeking to deter illegal entry to the UK, so that the only humanitarian route into the UK is through a safe and legal one.

"The Bill will radically overhaul how we deal with people who arrive in the UK illegally via safe countries, rendering their asylum and human rights claims (in respect of their home country) inadmissible and imposing a duty on the Home Secretary to remove them.

"This approach represents a considerably stronger means of tackling the same issue that the differentiation policy sought to address: people making dangerous and unnecessary journeys through safe countries to claim asylum in the UK."

The changes are expected to apply to 54,000 migrants who were in the queue from June 2022 to March 2023.

But a senior Tory told The Telegraph: "Losing the differentiation aspect between those who come through safe routes and those who do not look like getting a grip of the system.

"And the fast-tracking of applications looks like a de facto amnesty."

It comes as the Illegal Migration Bill - a key part of the Prime Minister's bid to deter people from crossing the Channel in small boats - is currently going through Parliament.

The flagship legislation aims to ensure those who arrive in the UK without permission will be detained and promptly removed, either to their home country or a third country such as Rwanda.

The Bill has cleared the Commons but is facing stiff opposition in the House of Lords. Story by Katie Harris, Daily Express


WESTERN BAHR EL GHAZAL - Floods, deforestation, plastic pollution, and poor agricultural yields were good enough reasons for authorities in Wau to join peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to mark World Environment Day.

Ongoing conflict in bordering Sudan has cut off imports into Western Bahr El Ghazal, raising concerns about food security.

However, livelihoods must continue and families must have  food to eat.

Chinese Blue Helmets serving for peace in this young nation, therefore, came up with an innovative and sustainable plan that could, potentially, positively impact community members.

They decided to share their knowledge of small-scale kitchen gardens with local authorities!

“It is interesting to see how peacekeepers are using very small spaces to cultivate vegetables and fruit for everyone in their base,” said Daniel Akwong Bwola, state Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Forestry.

“We are going to collaborate with them to train our extension officers on these methods and they have promised to provide us with a variety of seeds,” he added.

Vegetables, however, aren’t easy to cultivate and peacekeepers shared tips, tricks and basic scientific principles that guarantee a high-quality home harvest.

“A critical element about the skills shared with local interlocuters today is that our peacekeepers have tested these farming approaches on the soil and climatic conditions in the state,” explained Sam Muhumure, the Head of the UN Peacekeeping mission’s Field Office in Wau.

“This means that these techniques actually work on the ground,” he continued. “I’m heartened that the Minister for Agriculture has found this intervention worthwhile to replicate across the state.”

Alongside showcasing their garden produce as well as tasty meals prepared from them, peacekeepers also imparted easy-to-emulate lessons on waste segregation and management.

“No solid waste goes out of our camp,” revealed Lieutenant Colonel Li Hui, Commanding Officer of the Chinese engineers. “We recycle all plastics while biological waste from plants goes back into our gardens as compost."

This is in line with the UN family’s push to beat plastic pollution and encourage more green ways of living for everybody on the planet.  

With abundant rains currently, it is hoped such simple yet effective methods of vegetable cultivation will trickle down to rural communities, giving them enough produce from their lands to ensure not only that their families don’t go hungry but also have surplus to sell in local markets.

The latter—trade—has always been boosted by UNMISS engineers through their extensive repairs of roadways across South Sudan. Engineers from China are no exception.

“The major road construction we were conducting from Diem Zubeir to Raja is now complete, and we hope when people begin using the agricultural model we have showcased, our infrastructural work will prove helpful in enabling them to sell what they grow,” stated Colonel Hui.

For Elia Kamilo Dimo, Acting Governor of Western Bahr El Ghazal, communities should take advantage of these new cultivation methods, given relative stability in the state.

“The people of Western Bahr El Ghazal are primarily farmers and we have been blessed with rich, fertile soil,” he averred. “Our state is, thankfully, largely peaceful and I encourage everyone to learn these sustainable farming methods and cultivate their own food.”

World Environment Day is annually observed across the globe on 5 June. - Roseline Nzelle Nkwelle, United Nations


A South Sudanese court sentenced a Brazilian woman to two years in prison on Friday for transporting drugs into the country.

Juliana D`Oliviera was arrested at the Juba International Airport on 31 July 2022 after three kilograms of cocaine was found in her possession.

During the court verdict in Juba on Friday, High Court Judge Duoth Kulang sentenced Juliana D`Oliviera to two years imprisonment effective from the date of arrest on 31 July 2022 and later to be deported to her country. The judge also imposed a fine of 500,000 SSP on her.

D`Oliviera was charged under Section 384 of the South Sudan Penal Code Act 2008 with unlawful possession or use of dangerous drugs.

 The presiding judge also fined her two aides Taban Bosco Musa, a South Sudanese airport security Officer, and Onyimba Joseph, a Nigerian national,  with 500,000 South Sudanese Pounds or a one-year jail term. 

D`Oliviera earlier told the court that she was sent by someone in Brazil to deliver the drugs to a person who security operatives failed to arrest in Juba.

Reacting to the court verdict, Tong John Clement, a defense counsel of the convict, welcomed the ruling saying justice has been served.

“In my opinion, it is good. It shows the power our courts have in dispensing justice considering the fact that the case presented by the public prosecution was insufficient. The case was lacking a lot of evidence, that is why we got this judgment which was good in the general context,” John said.

Meanwhile, the prosecution counsel Loro Silvio Loro expressed dissatisfaction with the court ruling.

According to the law, the convict has 14 days to appeal against the court ruling. - Radio Tamazuj

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