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10/01/03
New Law Throws Refugees On the Streets
- Asylum seekers add to homeless numbers

ASYLUM seekers are being forced to sleep on the streets as a consequence of recent draconian Government legislation, according the the Refugee Council.

"We are seeing clients who have been in the country for as little as 24 hours who are being turned down for support because it took them a day to claim asylum," said Margaret Lally, deputy chief executive of the Refugee Council. "This is nothing short of ludicrous."

The new law requires asylum seekers to register their claim as soon as they embark on British soil or forfeit any right to state living allowances and with it the chances of being accepted as a 'genuine' refugee.

"It does not require a deep understanding of homelessness issues to grasp that leaving an asylum seeker in a foreign country with no source or means of support is a good pre-indicator to them ending up on the streets," said Mike Tristam, director of London homeless charity the Simon Community.

Meanwhile, today sees the introduction of a Europe-wide anti-illegal immigrant scheme which aims to take the finger prints of every newcomer to the continent.




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