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08/08/02
Take the Money and Go Home, Asylum Seekers Are Told
- Government offers cash incentive to Afghan refugees

THE BRITISH government is offering to pay Afghan refugees UKP60 to return to the war-torn country.

Afghanistan is now deemed safe enough to welcome back those who fled during the Taliban years, even though various guerrilla groups and private armies are still operating in large parts of the country.

Despite the fears of some that Afghanistan still represents a significant risk for returnees, major refugee groups in the UK have backed the government scheme.

"A long-term returns programme will build in momentum - people will be able to go home once they are ready, and will learn from the experiences of others who have returned earlier," said Margaret Lally of the Refugee Council. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees also backs the programme.

Others argue that by backing the right of the government to impose return orders on asylum seekers, refugee groups undermine their own anti-racist case and implicitly accept the idea that immigration is a problem for the receiving country.




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