Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered at on 28 June 2004.

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Photo of Mr Iain Coleman Mr Iain Coleman Labour, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recent change in the proportion of asylum seekers who claim asylum in this country.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Minister of State (Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism), Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality)

A number of measures have been introduced recently to tackle the abuse of our asylum and immigration system while maintaining the protection given to genuine refugees. For example, we have introduced measures to ensure the integrity of our borders, tackle fraud, people trafficking and illegal working, restrict support for late applicants, and to remove in-country appeal rights for those making clearly unfounded claims. The Government consider that this package of measures has resulted in the fall in asylum intake since the peak of October 2002.

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