How Katie Hopkins lies about asylum seekers
If you read Katie Hopkins, or much of the right-wing tabloids, you’ll quickly gain the impression that there’s a flock of “fake” refugees living luxury lifestyles off the taxpayers’ expense. A choice of whatever accommodation they would prefer; weekly finances covered; even if they’ve come in illegally, they’ll be permitted to stay. These are pretty incredible claims. That’s because they are simply not credible. If our asylum system is broken, it’s because it unjustly punishes vulnerable asylum seekers and prevents them from making a living.
By westkinassociates – immigration law firm London – 5th Floor Maddox House, 1 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2PZ
Mass fake asylum claims
There is simply no evidence to indicate that there is a crisis of mass fake asylum claims.
Instead, it appears clear that the Home Office is often rigged against genuine asylum claims. Over 3,100 LGBT asylum applicants were denied asylum and then deported to countries where their sexuality is outlawed. Those vulnerable individuals were thrown into LGBT hostile country where many were imprisoned, tortured and even murdered.
The Home Office is constantly seeking a reason to exile applicants and has gone to extraordinary lengths. It’s not just using dangerously outdated country guidance advice, in some cases, judges have ruled against the applicant because they believed they did not fit the flamboyant and homophobic stereotype of a homosexual.
The asylum work ban
Those who claim that asylum seekers are a drain on the system have to reconcile themselves with the fact that the government places a year-long ban on them from gaining employment.
This has forced asylum seekers to live off a pittance of only £37.75 a week for each person in their household. That’s less than £10 a day.
Opposition political parties have been vigorously campaigning for the government to end this policy however to no avail. According to estimates brought out by NGOs examining the matter, with the ban removed the UK economy could gain an additional £42 million each year.
Furthermore, whilst the Home Office claims that it aims to process all initial asylum claims within six months, close to 48 % of applicants wait longer than this. Not only that but the removal of the work ban has the support of a majority of the British public, 71%.
Britain’s lacklustre asylum record
Britain’s record on asylum has been in short, abysmal. Compared to its European neighbours, Italy and France which gave around 100,000 asylum seekers shelter and Germany which gave more than 222,560; Britain has only given asylum to 33,780 people in 2017. Our asylum system runs against good practice, good economics and even good morals. We must change the system to support the most vulnerable.