UK asylum system still not fit for purpose

March 27th, 2008 - 5:11 pm ICT by admin  

London, Mar 27 (ANI): An independent report on asylum system in the UK has revealed that the system is still not fit for purpose.

The commission has found that the UK asylum system is improved and improving, but is not yet fit for purpose, the Independent Asylum Commission (IAC) stated.

The IAC inquiry also found that the systems to remove failed asylum seekers from Britain were not effective and sap credibility and public confidence from the entire asylum system.

The system still denies sanctuary to some who genuinely need it and ought to be entitled to it, is not firm enough in returning those whose claims are refused and is marred by inhumanity in its treatment of the vulnerable, the report pointed out.

The IAC has collected evidence from hundreds of witnesses during the last year, the Daily Express reported.

The conduct of some enforced returns is tainted with inhumanity and causes unnecessary distress to the individuals and communities concerned, said the report.

The policy of using destitution as a lever to encourage voluntary return of refused asylum seekers risks forcing some extremely vulnerable people - who might have qualified for sanctuary had their cases been well handled - to face persecution in their country of origin, it added.

In 2006, the then UK Home Secretary John Reid had said that the asylum system was part of the Home Office, which he deemed not fit for purpose. (ANI)

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