Friday, March 26, 2021

STAR’s response to the New Immigration Plan

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On Wednesday 24 March, the Home Office proposed a series of unfair and unjust changes to the UK’s asylum system. Home Secretary, Priti Patel, described the changes as ‘the most significant overhaul of our asylum system in decades’.

Her vision for a new asylum system is published at a time when asylum applications to the UK are at an historical low, yet the number of refugees globally are at an all time high, with 80 million people displaced. Despite this, there is a significant backlog of pending asylum applications with more than 60,000 people awaiting the outcome of their asylum procedure. Instead of fixing the system, the Home Office is choosing to penalise people fleeing war and persecution based solely on how they arrive in the UK.

We must stand against this new plan, and work to create a welcoming environment where refugees are treated with compassion and dignity. We understand that our friends seeking asylum must be feeling concerned and anxious about these changes, and we stand with you during this difficult time.

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Posted by STAR team on 26/03/2021 at 04:57 PM