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Refugee Council Attacks PAC's Asylum Stance

Magazine article Public Finance

Refugee Council Attacks PAC's Asylum Stance

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Refugee campaigners say that senior MPs were wrong to call for a crackdown on failed asylum seekers, after the Commons Public Accounts Committee criticised the removals backlog.

The PAC urged the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to set firm targets to reduce the backlog of cases, streamline its processes and deploy more frontline staff.

Committee chair Edward Leigh said: 'Unless the IND addresses itself to improving its poor performance, it will take many years to remove the backlog of failed asylum seekers. The integrity of the UK's asylum application process is at stake.'

But Refugee Council chief executive Maeve Sherlock said she was surprised to hear the PAC call for such heavy-handed action.

'Crackdowns make for good headlines - they are not a policy; she said. …

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