Asylum: Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 7th February 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to prevent attacks on refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Any refugees or asylum seekers in the UK who are subjected to attack are encouraged to report such attacks to the police.

Any criminal offences that are motivated by hostility towards a person’s race, ethnicity or nationality are hate crimes.

The 2016 Hate Crime Action Plan – refreshed in 2018 – includes a range of commitments aimed at preventing all forms of hate crime, including funding of projects designed to challenge prejudice.

The Government is also supporting the police online reporting website True Vision, and for victims who wish to report to a third party there are a number available including Stop Hate UK, Tell Mama, Community Security Trust and Galop.

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