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Asylum seekers playing by the rules to be awarded


Government to get tough with those who do not

12 November 2009: The Government has made clear its intentions of rewarding asylum seekers playing by the rules; and getting tough with those who do not.


The Home Office also made it clear the Government wants to streamline the current complex system of support for asylum seekers. The intention is to make the system easier to understand and easier to operate; and is evident in proposals for a new streamlined asylum support system.


The Home Office elaborated: The suggested shake-up includes proposals to make the principles of the asylum system clear to all applying, and rewarding those playing by the rules and getting tough with those who do not; to streamline the current complex system of support to make it easier to understand and easier to operate; and to do more to ensure the system works towards the return of those found to have no protection needs and who have no right to be in the United Kingdom.


Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: ‘I believe our proposals strike a fair balance between supporting asylum seekers while their claim is being determined and encouraging the return of those who have no protection needs and who have no right to be in the UK.


‘We expect those who apply for asylum to abide by the rules. If their claim has been refused, we expect them to leave the country. If they do not, we will enforce their return.’

Gain permission to stay in the UK, or face removal

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to be retained