Treatment of Asylum Seekers

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 7:11 pm on 9th December 2015.

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Photo of Rob Flello Rob Flello Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South 7:11 pm, 9th December 2015

The petition, which has in excess of 3,000 signatures, has been organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the petitioners are gravely concerned about the manner in which asylum seekers are currently treated in the UK; further that the 2015/16 Immigration Bill threatens to make those seeking sanctuary even more vulnerable; further that the Bill will leave more families homeless and further isolate an already marginalised group; further that recommendations made by the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention have been excluded from the Bill; further that the petitioners have a moral responsibility as Christians to be a voice for those who have no voice; further that Pope Francis has said that refugees and asylum seekers are our brothers and sisters; and further that a local petition on this matter was signed by 3,000 people.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reconsider the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention to adopt the inquiry's recommendations in order to improve the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

[P001659]