…can be considered a false asylum seeker, can’t they?
Some asylum-seekers have been waiting 16 years for a decision on their claim, the Home Affairs select committee has found, in a damning report on the state of the UK asylum system.
Hmmm, 16 years in taxpayer funded accommodation in the West or torture and death in my home country? Tough call…
The MPs said they were “alarmed” by the “sub-standard level of housing” provided to asylum applicants by private firms G4S, Serco and Clearel, as part of the Compass contract, a project launched in July 2009 to provide contracts for the provision of asylum support services.
Given the alternative, is that really all they can find to complain about?
The committee said it was concerned that the process for lesbian and gay applicants, many of whom are fleeing persecution in their home countries, relied too heavily on anecdotal evidence and “proving that they are gay”.
So…we should just accept them without question?
Naturally, every ‘Open Borders’ pressure group and fakecharity is up on its hind legs bleating about this:
Jonathan Ellis, head of policy at the British Red Cross, which helps 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the UK every year, said: “We see many vulnerable people suffering in appalling conditions because they simply do not have enough to survive on as they battle through the asylum process – homelessness and hunger are the very real results of a system that is broken.”
I think we can dispense with the idea that the Red Cross any longer recognises what ‘suffering in appalling conditions’ really means, given they are apparently supporting the setting up of food banks in the UK!
The chief executive of the Refugee Council, Maurice Wren, said: “The findings of this report reflect the grave concerns about the asylum system in the UK that we and many others have been highlighting for years.
Blah, blah, blah…
“Failing to treat asylum seekers with dignity and, simultaneously, failing to deal effectively and fairly with their claims has created an expensive and counter-productive bureaucratic nightmare that all too often denies vulnerable people the protection from persecution and oppression they desperately need.
They’ve got that simply by arriving here, haven’t they?
“In particular, the government should be ashamed that it has to be told by a parliamentary committee to stop forcing pregnant women to move around the country for bureaucratic convenience.”
If they could get themselves on a boat or a lorry or the underside of a train to get here, I don’t think expecting them to move around the country that took them in is too much, do you?