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How long is 'ever' to the Home Office?

'Ever' might be taken to go back to the dawn of recorded time, the dawn of permanent records, or if feeling especially liberal, a century or a human life span.

Not to the Home Office it isn't. 'Ever' would appear to be in the region of 14 years. Liam Byrne, for it is he, gleefully mixes up his statistical bases in a press release on asylum applications, rejections and the like, but makes no reference to any year prior to 1993, claiming in the key sentence "Stronger border controls have helped make sure the number of unfounded asylum seekers continues to fall. There are now fewer people than ever coming to the UK and making unfounded claims for asylum. Applications are down 75 per cent since intake was at its peak in 2002". Source.

The release also includes this rather telling detail (my emphasis): "All asylum seekers from Bosnia, Mauritius, Montenegro and Peru who are refused asylum following a clearly unfounded claim will have no right of appeal in the UK. The same rules will apply to male asylum seekers with clearly unfounded claims from the Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali and Sierra Leone". I spy sexism....
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Blogger Praguetory said... 2:55 pm

Liam Byrne seems to be Labour's pontificator-in-chief of late. Never resting on his laurels. That lad will go far.  



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