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MPs raise concerns on treatment of refugees and asylum seekers

Categories: Articles:Asylum & Refugees | Published: 06/06/2016 | Views: 943
A group of MPs has made a series of recommendations calling on the Government to improve the support and protection it gives to asylum seekers and refugees. In its latest commentary on the quarterly immigration statistics, the Home Affairs Select Committee make a number of criticisms of the way the Government is currently treating asylum seekers and refugees. Among these criticisms is a call for the Home Office to rethink the way they treat unaccompanied asylum seeking children when they reach 18, with the Committee saying children should not be sent back to dangerous countries. (Ekklesia)

As highlighted in the evidence submitted to the Committee by the Refugee Council, the MPs say the fact that 80 per cent of appeals on asylum decisions made by Eritreans were successful in 2015 raises serious concerns about the controversial country guidance produced by the UK Government.
The MPs also call for applications for family reunion to be decided much more quickly after finding that a quarter of applications had been outstanding for more than a year.

The Refugee Council's Head of Advocacy, Lisa Doyle said: “It’s absolutely right that MPs have raised serious concerns about how the Government are failing to protect and support children, families and adults fleeing war and persecution.

“Whether it’s by returning people who came alone to the UK as children to dangerous countries, using dodgy evidence to refuse to give people asylum, or simply not taking decisions to allow families to be reunited, it’s clear from the Committee’s report that the Government is preventing refugees and asylum seekers from being safe in the UK.
“It’s high time the Government got to grips with the problems in the system and provide protection for vulnerable people, rather than seeking new ways to shirk their responsibilities.”     Read more here
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