Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards.

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Five-month-old baby to be put up for adoption because father gets angry with social workers

A five-month-old baby who has still not been given a name will be put up for adoption because of his father’s hostility to social workers, a High Court judge has ruled.

Girls getting fit and enjoying football in a refereeing workshop

Girls heed the message: don't get thin, get fit

Most now value health above skinniness, but those at secondary school admit they just don't get enough exercise
The Independent has seen evidence of more than 60 EU nationals on the electoral roll being denied the chance to vote in the European elections

'Go and vote in your own country': Evidence of non-British EU citizens turned away at the polls despite being on electoral roll

Swathes of European citizens living in Britain were turned away from the ballot box in the European elections on Thursday despite registering as voters and having polling cards.  

President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan cancelled a second visit

Nigeria schoolgirls: President Goodluck Jonathan cancels meeting amidst security concerns

More than 100 parents of Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls were stood up by a delegation from president Goodluck Jonathan’s government today, after a visit was cancelled at the last minute for security reasons, The Independent has learnt.

Britain’s Neets, 16- to 24-year-olds Not in Education, Employment or Training, fell by 118,000 in the year to March 2014

Number of young people out of work and education falls to lowest recorded level

The number of young people not working or studying is at its lowest level since records began, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Border control at Heathrow

ONS immigration figures: Surge in EU citizens moving to the UK

Dramatic increase in number of eastern Europeans registering for National Insurance numbers

Laura Vaduvescu and Neil Shepherd have shared a flat in London for more than two years

European Parliament Election 2014: Romanian tales to set against Nigel Farage’s fear-mongering

Some Britons have been delighted at the latest wave of immigration

Claimant Owen Chester has had money not arrive

Benefit reforms: One year on, universal credit is not working

Social Affairs Correspondent Emily Dugan meets claimants and officials in Warrington, where testing of the new benefit has been beset by problems
President Goodluck Jonathan has failed to make an appearance in Chibok, the village from where over 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were taken

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnap: Anger as President Goodluck Jonathan snubs grieving families

Leader cancels visit to meet parents in Chibok amid safety fears

President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to make an official visit to the village of Chibok today
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker