Ireland to clamp down on sham marriages

August 19, 2015 0 comments

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Registrars in the Republic of Ireland now have the authority to investigate couples they suspect may be participating in sham marriages. Visitors from outside the European Union (EU) sometimes pay a European citizen to marry them so they can remain in their new country. This week, the Irish government introduced new measures to clamp down…

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Adoption: a look at the statistics by John Hemming

August 19, 2015 14 comments

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In this special feature, former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming explores the facts and figures behind national adoption statistics. The Council of Europe is an international organisation which works to promote human rights and the rule of law across its 47 member states, which include the UK. It recently agreed and published a report looking at…

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The fickleness of legal fashion

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August 19, 2015 0 comments

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“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” – Oscar Wilde Well, I’m not entirely certain that I agree with that (OK, some fashions are of pretty dubious appeal), but Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde did at least have a point about the ephemeral nature of…

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16 year-old’s passport taken away amid ISIS fears

August 19, 2015 0 comments

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A 16 year-old schoolgirl has had her passport taken away amid fears she may join extremist group ISIS. The girl attended an East London school which has seen four of its pupils leave the country for Syria, where the group is based. Earlier this year, local social services and police submitted evidence that the girl…

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Saudi Arabia to limit dowry sizes

August 19, 2015 0 comments

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The government of Saudi Arabia is to place a legal limit on the size of dowries in order to limit the number of unmarried women in the Middle Eastern nation. Dowries payable by the families of new brides will be restricted to 50,000 riyals (£8,504), while those payable for divorcees will be limited to 30,000…

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Reserve apprenticeships for care leavers, charity suggests

August 19, 2015 1 comment

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A significant number of places on apprenticeship schemes should be preserved for care leavers, a children’s charity has claimed. Barnardo’s called on the government to reserve 20,000 apprenticeships for young people aged 16-18 leaving the care system, in order to help address some of the social and educational disadvantages faced by such youngsters. The number…

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