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UK: Home Office continues ‘cruel’ plans against people seeking asylum

Migrants cross English Channel by sea
Migrants cross English Channel by sea © Luke Dray

Responding to reports that the Home Secretary is seeking powers to send people seeking asylum in the UK to be processed in an offshore hub, Tom Davies, Refugees Campaign Manager at Amnesty International UK, said:

“It appears yet again, the Home Office plans to make unworkable laws, spend huge amounts of taxpayers’ money and take a shockingly cruel approach to people seeking asylum.

“The UK receives very few people seeking asylum and yet the government continues this utterly reckless discussion about finding another country to carry out its responsibilities.

“If true, this move would be extremely damaging and will give a green light to other countries to also shirk their responsibility. The UK has an international obligation to provide a safe haven for those fleeing conflict and persecution.

“Ministers must put an end to this and instead commit to ensuring that people who seek asylum in this country are properly supported, and their claims dealt with fully, fairly and efficiently.”

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