Schedule 6 - Support for certain categories of migrant

Part of Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 10th November 2015.

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Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Conservative, Norwich North 10:00 am, 10th November 2015

I wonder whether it would be helpful if we were clear about our language. The hon. Lady used the phrase “asylum seekers”, and said that they will be forced to turn to the services she listed, but we are talking about failed asylum seekers—people who have exhausted their appeal rights. By that process, they have been deemed not to be refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said:

“National asylum systems are there to decide which asylum-seekers actually qualify for international protection.”

We have a system for a reason, and the hon. Lady’s use of the phrase “asylum seekers” in that sentence is not accurate.