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Priti Patel threatening to use X-rays to verify asylum seekers’ ages

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Priti Patel is threatening to X-ray migrants suspected of lying about their age and impose visa penalties on countries that do not cooperate with deportations of their own citizens, under newly announced plans. The na...

Home Office resisting calls to let asylum seekers work in the UK

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Priti Patel’s department is resisting growing demands to allow asylum seekers to work following a public intervention from her cabinet colleague Dominic Raab to say that he would be “open-minded’ about the proposal. L...

Dominic Raab ‘open-minded’ about allowing asylum seekers to work in UK

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Dominic Raab, the new justice secretary, has said he would be “open-minded” about allowing asylum seekers to work to help tackle the UK’s labour shortage. In what would be a major departure for the government, the for...

Asylum seekers placed in ‘unsuitable’ Blackpool hotel despite council protests

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Blackpool council has accused the Home Office and Serco of deliberately acting to frustrate the justice system after placing asylum seekers in a hotel, despite objections that the accommodation was wholly unsuitable. ...

Home Office hotels for asylum seekers ‘akin to detention centres’ – report

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Conditions in hotels used by the Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers during the pandemic are akin to detention centres, according to a report that also says accommodation is often sub-standard and sometimes unsa...

Shameful treatment of asylum seekers

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What will the verdict of history be on a country that turns its back so flagrantly upon human rights in general and the right to seek asylum through any available means in particular (Priti Patel to send boats carryin...

Calls for asylum seekers to be freed from detention after Melbourne guard tests positive for Covid

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Asylum seeker advocates are calling for people held in immigration detention to be released into the community after Victorian health officials revealed a guard at a facility in Melbourne had tested positive for Covid...

Labour councils house eight times as many asylum seekers as Tory areas, analysis finds

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There are eight times as many refugees and asylum seekers living in Labour-run parts of Britain as in Conservative areas, analysis by the Guardian has shown, amid growing pressure on ministers to fix the “completely i...

Controversial Napier barracks in line to house asylum seekers until 2025

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The Home Office is planning to use a controversial military barracks in Kent to house asylum seekers for four years longer than originally planned, it has been confirmed. Officials began using the dilapidated Napier b...

MPs decry ‘shocking conditions’ at facilities for asylum seekers

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MPs have raised serious concerns about “shocking conditions” they found in Kent holding facilities for asylum seekers, including an unaccompanied child housed in an office space for 10 days, and a girl forced to sleep...

Charities raise alarm over suicides of young asylum seekers in UK

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Dozens of charities have called on UK government ministers to make sweeping changes to support young asylum seekers and refugees after up to a dozen were identified to have taken their own lives. Forty-six different c...

Asylum seeker’s death at hotel near Heathrow sparks police inquiry

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Police are investigating after a young Sudanese asylum seeker was found dead in the early hours of Sunday in a hotel near Heathrow airport. The man, understood to be 24 years old and to have been in the UK for four mo...

EU border agency ‘has failed to protect asylum seekers’ rights’

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The EU border agency has failed to protect the human rights of asylum seekers, according to a damning European parliament report on the organisation. After a four-month investigation by MEPs the report’s author, Tinek...

Napier Barracks staff feared asylum seekers might die from Covid

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Staff at Home Office barracks accommodation feared that some asylum seekers placed there might die during the mass Covid outbreak earlier this year, the Guardian has learned. Meeting notes released following a freedom...

Home Office ‘acting unlawfully’ in rush to deport asylum seekers

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Hundreds of people arriving in England in small boats are being immediately detained in immigration removal centres, raising fears of a new, secret Home Office policy to deport them without their asylum claims being p...

Priti Patel to reveal proposals for offshore centres for asylum seekers

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Ministers are to reveal proposals for a suite of new laws paving the way for offshore centres for asylum seekers and criminal charges for migrants “knowingly” arriving in the UK without permission. The nationality and...

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