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Consultation on reform of Asylum syupport system

The provisions on asylum contained in the draft Immigration bill published by the Government on November 12 are an attempt to streamline and reform the asylum support system, to ensure that those seeking asylum are effectively and comprehensively supported during the determination of their claim and the system for achieving this is as simple and efficient as possible.

The provisions relating to asylum support set out the powers at a high level. There is thus room for a great deal of flexibility in how they are applied through secondary legislation.

The Government appeals to the public through the consultation paper ‘Reforming Asylum Support’ to hear their answer on the big questions around how best to use these powers to ensure that genuine asylum seekers are not left destitute, while also enabling and encouraging those who are refused asylum and no longer have any right to be here to go home.

The consultation document sets out proposals that aim to make the principles of the asylum system clear to all who apply from the outset; and to ensure that the system enables those who are granted asylum to integrate into their new community as effectively as possible while working towards the return of those who have been found to have no protection needs.

The consultation is open for 12 weeks, from 12 November 2009 to 4 February 2010.

To read the document and respond to the consultation online, click here .

Alternatively, email your responses to the consultation to the Asylum support consultation team , or post your reply to:

Asylum Policy, (Immigration Policy)

9th Floor, West Wing

B Block

Whitgift Centre

Wellesley Road

Croydon CR0 2AD

Responses must be received no later than midnight on 4 February 2010.

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