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Africans 'twice as likely to be refused a UK visa'

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The study said the UK immigration system was "biased"

Africans are twice as likely to be refused UK visas than applicants from any other part of the world, a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Africa shows.

The study said the UK immigration system was "biased or even discriminating" against Africans and was "not currently fit for purpose".

It presents multiple challenges, including the need to travel long distances to apply for a visa, financial discrimination and no right of appeal, the report said.

“At a time when the UK needs to be ‘open for business’, the broken visas system is doing severe damage to UK-Africa relations across a variety of sectors," said Chi Onwurah MP, chair of the APPG for Africa.

"It is embarrassing, patronising and insulting to African applicants and leaves the slogan of 'Global Britain' empty and meaningless," she added.

High skilled does not mean high paid

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The next prime minister should lower the salary threshold for foreign workers in the UK from £30,000 to £20,000, according to a group of business and education bodies.

They say that such a move would help to avoid "acute" skills shortages.

Currently any non-EU citizen working in the UK must earn at least £30,000, but under current proposals this will be extended to EU citizens after Brexit.

Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of London First, told Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money: "The problem is we are conflating highly skilled with highly paid".

She says 60% of all jobs in the UK are earning less than £30,000 and with unemployment at its lowest level since 1974 so we "need to ensure we avoid a cliff edge".