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Home Office accused of ‘bullying’ asylum seekers into handing over phones

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Three asylum seekers brought a case to the high court on Tuesday claiming that the home secretary operated a secret, blanket policy to seize mobile phones from people arriving on small boats and then download the data...

Scheme not to detain women seeking asylum leads to only one staying in UK

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A groundbreaking scheme overseen by UNHCR to process women’s asylum claims in the community rather than by locking up the applicants in detention has led to only one being granted leave to remain in the UK, according ...

The dreadful cost of a broken asylum system

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We have been supporting a “failed” asylum seeker in her struggle against the asylum system. Her case, though exceptionally strong, was never accepted as she had not been willing in her first interview to reveal to a m...

Home Office tells Afghan and Yemeni asylum seekers they can return safely

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The Home Office has told asylum seekers from some of the world’s biggest conflict zones that it is safe for them to return there, the Guardian has learned. A 36-year-old from Yemen and a 21-year-old from Afghanistan h...

‘I was scared I’d be deported’: how a charity helps children seeking asylum feel safe

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Musa’s only thought was that he needed to disappear from his home country, and disappear fast, even if he didn’t know where he was going to end up: “I just had to vanish,” he remembers. “I don’t know what I was hoping...

Home Office tells asylum seeker he can return to Syria safely

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The Home Office has told a Syrian asylum seeker he can return to the country he fled during the war because it is safe to do so, in what is thought to be the first case of its kind. The 25-year-old asylum seeker sough...

Trapped at Europe’s door: inside Belarus’s makeshift asylum dormitory

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The giant warehouse towers over the Belarus countryside, less than a mile from the Polish border. In this 10,000 sq metre space patrolled by dozens of armed soldiers, 1,000 asylum seekers are crammed among countless i...

Cross-Channel asylum seekers could be tagged under Home Office plans

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People who cross the Channel in small boats to claim asylum could be tagged on arrival under Home Office plans, it has emerged. The home secretary, Priti Patel, is expected to announce the plan early in the new year a...

Asylum seekers in PM’s constituency claim accommodation ‘not fit to live in’

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Dozens of asylum seekers are begging Boris Johnson to help rehouse them, claiming the Home Office accommodation in his constituency is not fit to live in. The 18 rundown flats in Uxbridge and South Ruislip have housed...

Danish ex-minister given jail sentence for separating couples seeking asylum

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Denmark’s former immigration minister has been sentenced to two months in prison after a special court found her guilty of illegally separating several couples of asylum seekers where the woman was under 18. Inger Stø...

Home Office urged to stop housing asylum seekers in barracks

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A cross-party group of parliamentarians is calling on the government to end its use of controversial barracks accommodation for people seeking asylum, in a new report published on Thursday. The report also recommends ...

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...

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