ASSIST Sheffield

Challenging asylum destitution

The Home Affairs Select Committee report 'Immigration policy: basis for building consensus'

The Home Affairs Select Committee has published its report on building consensus on immigration policy. ASSIST made a written submission, together with South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice, about the damage done by the hostile environment policy, which affects all the people we support. We argued that the effect is also wider, and damages our whole society. The committee quoted our submission and said that the Government should not rely on its “hostile environment” policy as a panacea for enforcement and building confidence, especially given the current concerns about accuracy and error.

The committee made some positive recommendations, including that the Government should do more to challenge public misconceptions about people seeking asylum and to give clear and accurate information. They said that failure to do so risks harming support for asylum and refugee policy.

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