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Ireland’s asylum system needs a complete overhaul. This plan does not go far enough Bulelani Mfaco

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In 2000 the Irish government introduced a policy for asylum seekers called direct provision, which still holds to this day. Before then, Ireland treated asylum seekers no differently to the way Irish citizens were tre...

Home Office housed asylum seekers in barracks despite knowing Covid risk

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The Home Office knew that housing asylum seekers in dormitories at military barracks posed a risk of Covid-19 outbreaks but went ahead with the plan anyway, according to internal documents seen by the Guardian. Nearly...

Croatia: landmine from 1990s Balkan wars kills asylum seeker

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A landmine from the 1990s Balkan wars has exploded, killing a migrant and injured several others in an area of central Croatia littered with unexploded ordnance. The blast occurred on Thursday in woodland near Saborsk...

Inspectors’ report condemns Covid security of Home Office asylum barracks

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‘Fundamental failures of leadership and planning’ identified after visits to Napier and Penally facilitiesInspectors have delivered a damning verdict on Covid protection, fire safety and living conditions at Home Offi...

Former military barracks used to house asylum seekers to shut

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A controversial camp for asylum seekers set up within a former military barracks is to shut down following months of pressure over appalling living conditions at the site. Penally camp, in Pembrokeshire, will be hande...

Blind asylum seeker suicidal after Home Office inaction on claim

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A blind asylum seeker says she has been left suicidal after the Home Office has failed to interview her about her case since she arrived in the UK 19 months ago. Sanaz Derikvandi, 33, was studying for a PhD in English...

Asylum seekers ‘could be sent abroad by UK to be processed’

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Asylum seekers could be sent to processing centres abroad under the home secretary’s plans to overhaul the immigration system, according to reports. The British overseas territory of Gibraltar is a location under cons...

Gibraltar and Isle of Man rule out housing asylum seekers for UK

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The governments of Gibraltar and the Isle of Man have said they would not house asylum seekers on behalf of the UK, pouring cold water on proposals expected to be unveiled by Priti Patel next week. The islands are bot...

How long until Priti Patel’s next brainwave: housing asylum seekers on the Falklands?

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Gibraltar: for some the least appealing rock, bar Paul Burrell. News that the British overseas territory is being considered by the Home Office as an asylum-processing location, along with the Isle of Man, turns out t...

‘We were left in the sea’: asylum seekers forced off Lesbos

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“We were all forced on to the boat. If we looked up they shouted at us and hit us in the head. Then they stopped at a place in the sea where there were no other boats, they left us.” Mustafa, his wife and two young ch...

How asylum seekers to UK are dehumanised

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Xenophobic attitudes are promoted, with human beings placed in a hierarchy of value, says one former resident of the Napier barracks I was held in Napier barracks from September 2020, through a Covid outbreak, during ...

As UK considers offshore asylum plan, why Australia’s system was a dangerous failure

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Australia’s asylum processing centres on the islands of Manus and Nauru have been widely condemned for systemic abuses, and human rights violationsEight years and the equivalent of £5bn. Twelve deaths and thousands of...

Priti Patel defends ‘inhumane’ overhaul of UK asylum system

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Migrants who arrive in UK by illegal routes will be indefinitely liable for removal even if granted asylumThe home secretary, Priti Patel, has defended her immigration plans that mean migrants who arrive in the UK by ...

Priti Patel has not secured deals with European countries over UK asylum overhaul

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The home secretary has secured no agreements with any European countries to return migrants deemed “inadmissible” under a proposed new system of asylum, which has been branded “inhumane” by humanitarian experts. In w...

How is Priti Patel planning to change the UK’s asylum system?

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The home secretary, Priti Patel, says her immigration proposals amount to “the biggest overhaul of the UK’s asylum system in decades”. Here we take a look at the key measures being put out for consultation:

The Guardian view on Patel’s asylum proposals: incoherent, unworkable and inhumane

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Over a year into the pandemic, you might feel the government had enough on its plate. Yet it is cynically manufacturing another crisis, at the expense of vulnerable people who have arrived here seeking refuge. Its asy...

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