Spare a thought for asylum seekers

In an attempt to do a great right, we often tend to do a little wrong. There cannot be any doubt it.


And, in the process, we more often than not realise that the little wrong can do a great damage to the affected.

The case of asylum seekers is no different. True, there are so many non-genuine asylum seekers trying to find their way into the country, that it becomes difficult to differentiate between the real and the fake.

But, it may not be fair to pass a blanket order against all the asylum seekers. Or, to take a decision that affects all without going into the individual merits of each case.

Immigration Minister Damian Green has made it clear that the Government is not in favour of a signing up to the Reception Conditions Directive.

It would have forced the UK to allow asylum seekers to work after six months, even if their claims had been refused and they were appealing against the decision.

It would also have required all detention to be authorised by a judge, whether or not the detainee wanted to apply for bail.

The Government claims this would have placed a burden on the courts and been costly for the British taxpayer. Moreover, it would have sent out a wrong message, encouraging those who do not need our protection to make unfounded asylum claims.

At the same time, it is true that the appeals filed by the asylum seekers are allowed, indicating that the initial rejection of their may not have been right.

And then there are many struggling hard to make both ends meet as the Government meticulously goes through their individual claims — an action that is likely to take time.

They are the ones who have fled for their lives, leaving behind violence, poverty, and drudgery.

Under these circumstances, would it be right to take away from them their means of livelihood, as they wait and watch for the fate to unfold itself?

Rules, regulations and legislations are meant for the benefit of the people. The Government should interpret these in that sense only and look at the cases not just from a legal but humanitarian point of view.  


Spare a thought for asylum seekers

Vulnerable detainees still at risk at Portsmouth removal centre