House of Commons - Home Affairs Committee: Asylum - HC 71

House of Commons - Home Affairs Committee: Asylum - HC 71

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The asylum system is overburdened and under severe pressure. The backlog of asylum cases that should have been cleared by 2011 has reached 32, 600, with some people waiting up to 16 years for a decision. Thousands appear to be living in a sub-standard level of housing as part of the COMPASS contract supplied by the private contractors G4S, Serco and Clearel. These companies must be held accountable. The quality of decision making is also of great concern as 30% of appeals against initial decisions were allowed in 2012. The impact of decisions are grave - if asylum is not granted when it should be then the UK is failing to protect a vulnerable person. If asylum is granted when it is not deserved then the UK may well end up harbouring war criminals and terrorists. Those who apply for asylum should be checked against national and international law enforcement agency and security databases to ensure that we are not harbouring those who intend us harm. The Home Secretary has to give assurance that any anomalies in the process, which have allowed decisions such as this to take place, are addressed immediately. The are also oncerns about the level of support available to those who seek asylum in the UK. The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 section 4, which provides a reduced support system for asylum seekers who had had their claim refused but were unable to return to their country of origin through reasons that were no fault of theirs, is not a solution.1: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: ... measures do not act as a€œpull factorsa€6 and this is illustrated by the fact that counties like the Netherlands receive much fewer ... amount of staff time as UKBA would not have to source new accommodation or pay the travel costs of moving people. ... According to the Asylum Support Tribunal statistics for April-August 2012, 50% of oral and paper appeals were eitheranbsp;...

Title:House of Commons - Home Affairs Committee: Asylum - HC 71
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Home Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-10-11


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