Hu­mane, not hos­tile, at­ti­tude to refugees

The Guardian - - JOURNAL LETTERS -

The Home Of­fice claims are disin­gen­u­ous (Asy­lum seek­ers are left des­ti­tute by Home Of­fice, 10 July). When Theresa May was home sec­re­tary she pro­moted the con­cept of a “hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment” for asy­lum seek­ers. Refugee Ac­tion has re­vealed ex­actly what this means; the rules are now so com­plex and harsh that they cause wide­spread un­hap­pi­ness and hard­ship. For a civilised coun­try with a tra­di­tion of wel­come and sanc­tu­ary, this is a dis­grace. In­com­pe­tence, de­lay­ing tac­tics, un­nec­es­sary com­plex­ity and fruit­less court cases mock the “proud his­tory” the Home Of­fice loves to quote. A change in at­ti­tude is re­quired. What about the pro­mo­tion of a “hu­mane en­vi­ron­ment” as the ba­sis for re­drawn rules? Ed­ward Mil­ner Chair, Santé Refugee Men­tal Health Ac­cess Project

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