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The Linguist 58,6 - Dec/Jan2020

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Page 13 of 35 From entertainment news to politics, immigration and education, we consider the significant language events of 2019 After several reprieves due to the extension of the Brexit date, language outreach staff* at the Representation of the European Union in London were due to return to Brussels at the end of the year. There are no plans for a similar programme to be established post-Brexit. An EU Embassy will take the Representation's place at Europe House after the UK's withdrawal, but by December it was still unclear when (or even if) that would happen. *Pictured (l-r) are John Evans, Angeliki Petris and Paul Kaye. THE YEAR IN PICTURES The Home Office was found to have relied on "incomplete and unsafe" evidence when it accused almost 34,000 international students of cheating in English language tests in 2015, revoking their visas. According to the National Audit Office, the government failed to protect innocent students, with many spending thousands on legal fees to clear their name over four years and 2,468 being deported. The US government's immigration agency (USCIS) was criticised for using Google Translate to process asylum requests. It was revealed that an internal memo told staff to use the free service to analyse applicants' social media output. In response, USCIS said data would not be the "basis to deny refugee resettlement", but its exact use in the immigration process remained unclear. IMAGES © SHUTTERSTOCK

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