Refugee Council: Receiving asylum seekers a matter of life and death

They are from countries where violence and human rights abuses are rife 22nd May 2009: It is more important for Britain today to continue receiving asylum seekers, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said.

Reacting to the publication of the first quarterly asylum statistics for 2009, Ms. Covey said: “These statistics are a clear reminder of why providing sanctuary in Britain is more important than ever.”

She noted that the top few countries of origin of asylum claimants: Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq – are all countries where violence and human rights abuses are rife and well-documented.

“Contrary to what people think, Britain does not receive the most asylum applications in Europe. France and Italy both took higher numbers last year. Offering safety from war and persecution is utterly crucial in these troubled times. We need to make sure we continue to do our bit, for it really is a matter of life and death,” Ms. Covey said.

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