Syrian refugees wait with their belongings next to railway tracks after crossing the border into Turkey

Government accused of blocking Syrian refugees from entering Britain in order to hit immigration targets

MPs and peers from both coalition parties urge Government to change its mind

Short-termism in the welfare debate is shortchanging our society

Making access to benefits tougher for young people could be counter-productive

Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr show

Nigel Farage: 'Ban immigrants from claiming benefits for five years'

Ukip leader said there should also be a five-year ban on immigrants settling in the UK

Immigration policy has been a source of tension in the Coalition

UN attacks Government's Immigration Bill for risking culture of 'ethnic profiling'

The United Nations refugee agency is warning that planned immigration laws could create a climate of “ethnic profiling” and stigmatise refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

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Since 2005, patrol agents and CBP officers have killed some 42 people along the US-Mexican border without facing any public consequences – or any large-scale media coverage

Border control at Heathrow

‘Toxic’ immigration debate is giving Asia jitters, expert warns

Former UK ambassador to Japan says talk of ‘drawbridge Britain’ is deterring growing economies from investing here

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, sits next to Dutch leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders, at The Hague

Right-wing leaders aim for alliance of ‘like-minded’ European parties

The move by Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party and Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front, came ahead of next year's elections which EU officials fear will bring a surge in support for nationalist and xenophobic parties

It is hoped George Osborne and Boris Johnson's joint visit to China might stimulate interest in UK business

Boris Johnson casts doubt over George Osborne’s Chinese 'super priority' visa plan

London Mayor questions ‘unclear’ proposals during trade visit

Once a firebrand, Diane Abbott has now paid the price for going off message

The Hackney MP criticised Ed Miliband for lacking courage

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Macho Miliband gets scary - he’s the Terminator, with the eyes of Ken Dodd

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Nigel Farage: We are experiencing a Romanian crime wave

Ukip leader criticises Coalition’s immigration policies

Nigel Farage: 'If the Coalition wants to save their electoral skins, they must tell Brussels we will not open our doors'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage puts threat of immigrant crime wave at centre stage for European elections

Ukip leader targets East European influx in conference speech

5 points from Steve Richards in conversation with Vince Cable

Our esteemed political columnist Steve Richards, whose piece on the Lib Dems is not to be missed today, pressed Business Secretary Vince Cable last night on his feelings about working with the Tories, and plans for his own party - and Cable didn't mince too many words in response. Take a look at some the highlights from the interview, which was sponsored by the RSA group.

Sir Andrew Stunell mocked the Lib Dems' regional immigration policy in last election

Lib Dem conference: Former minister Sir Andrew Stunell describes party's immigration policy as 'like Germans in 1935'

Former communities and local government minister mocks his party's regional policy in last election and claims Nazi-style checkpoints would have been needed to enforce it

Rachel De-lahay interview: "People risk anything to get here"

Would-be migrants made her think about how much it means to live in Britain, and inspired her new play. Rachel De-lahay talks to Fiona Mountford about discrimination, jealousy, and making ends meet

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