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Pope pledges to relocate 50 asylum seekers to Italy

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Pope Francis will travel to Cyprus with a message of compassion for the thousands of migrants who have fled to the east Mediterranean island, and a promise that by the end of the year 50 migrants will have been reloca...

EU executive: let Belarus border nations detain asylum seekers for 16 weeks

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Poland, Lithuania and Latvia should be allowed to hold people in special asylum processing centres at the border with Belarus for up to 16 weeks, the EU executive has said, in an emergency loosening of standards to he...

Home Office U-turn on Sri Lankan scientist’s asylum claim

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The Home Office has U-turned on plans to deport a leading scientist carrying out groundbreaking research into affordable forms of solar energy and allowed him and his family to remain in the UK. Initially, the Home Of...

Victims of sexual violence let down by UK asylum system, report says

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Victims of sexual violence face further abuse and trauma as a result of the UK asylum process and are systematically let down by authorities, according to a report. The research found that gender-insensitive and somet...

Hostile asylum policies made tragedy inevitable

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Boris Johnson describes himself as appalled at Wednesday’s Channel tragedy (Tragedy at sea claims dozens of lives in deadliest day of Channel crisis, 25 November), and is elsewhere reported as accusing France of letti...

UK asylum claims at highest level since 2004, with record backlog of cases

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Asylum claims made in the UK have risen to their highest level for nearly 20 years, according to new figures from the Home Office, as the head of the Refugee Council calls for less “nationalist posturing” over people ...

The horrific Channel deaths show the UK needs a more humane asylum system

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There are moments when the heartbreaking tragedy of those much less fortunate than us should act as a wake-up call to make the world a better place. Yesterday afternoon was one of those. At least 27 men, women and chi...

Alone, afraid and facing exile: one boy’s ordeal indicts Britain’s asylum system

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On the final Saturday night in August, the last RAF plane left Afghanistan. On board were any remaining British diplomats and soldiers, escaping a country in murderous chaos. Outside the base, Taliban militia were roa...

Home Office bussing asylum seekers who cross Channel 500 miles to Scotland

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Asylum seekers who have spent 10 hours or more crossing the Channel in flimsy dinghies while terrified of drowning are being bussed almost 500 miles to Scotland to be processed immediately after reaching UK shores, th...

Albania angrily denies it could process asylum seekers for UK

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Albania has strenuously denied it is willing to process people crossing the Channel to Britain, after the UK deputy prime minister, Dominic Raab, confirmed that the government is exploring ways of processing asylum se...

Liverpool bomb suspect sought help from MP over asylum claim

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The suspected Liverpool bomber sought help from his local MP as he tried to secure leave to remain in the UK from the Home office, the Guardian understands. Emad al-Swealmeen, also known as Enzo Almeni, contacted the ...

Scrap plans to ‘offshore’ asylum seekers, urges David Davis

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The former Conservative minister David Davis is calling for controversial plans to send asylum seekers to another country while their claims are processed to be scrapped. The government’s nationality and borders bill ...

Hong Kong activist who tried to seek asylum at US consulate found guilty of secession

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A Hong Kong court has found the former leader of pro-independence group Studentlocalism guilty of secession and money laundering under the city’s sweeping national security law, after a plea bargain. Tony Chung, 20, w...

Quebec’s narrow asylum laws deny frontline workers resident status

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Through each wave of Montreal’s coronavirus outbreaks, Abdul woke at 5am everyday to deliver groceries on shifts ranging from 10 to 14 hours. As an asylum seeker, Abdul had few other options. “I suffered a lot to surv...

Asylum seekers in UK housed in converted hostel with prison cells

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Asylum seekers are being housed by the Home Office in a former courthouse turned hostel which promised nights in “an authentic prison cell” to backpackers. Hundreds of people are understood to be in the facility – whi...

Asylum hotel deaths ‘twice as high’ as Home Office admitted

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Ninety-five people have died in asylum accommodation since April 2016, almost double the figure recently admitted by the government, raising suspicions the Home Office has deliberately downplayed the death toll. And t...

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