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Concern over Asylum bill

Last updated: 2003-12-17

The Board of Deputies has sent the Home Office its comments on the new Asylum Bill.

The Board commented on a number of issues, including proposals to restrict access to the higher courts, which it believes could raise human rights issues, and to restrict family support, which would cause families much hardship. The Board also recommended that more generous Legal Aid facilities should available to claimants, so that those who operate dishonourably in this area could no longer continue to operate.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented, “The Board was grateful for the opportunity to comment on the Government’s new legislative proposals on asylum reform. Jews throughout the years have had to flee repressive regimes and persecution to seek asylum, thereby saving many thousands of lives. The right of refuge and asylum is an important human right and a key principle in Jewish belief.”

“It is important that the appropriate reforms are put in place to make the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 more effective. But there are many genuine concerns about the Government’s proposals. We trust that the Government will take our comments into consideration before any new legislation is finalised.”