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Commissioner publishes Memorandum on asylum and immigration in the UK

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Strasbourg 22/03/2016
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Commissioner publishes Memorandum on asylum and immigration in the UK

Today the Commissioner published a Memorandum addressed to the UK Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, in which he commends the UK’s efforts in providing resettlement to Syrian refugees. He also expresses a number of concerns regarding a trend of restrictive immigration policy and law which adversely affects the human rights of refugees and immigrants.

The Memorandum  also highlights the plight of the 67 refugees and asylum seekers who have been in the UK Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus since 1998. The government is urged to resettle them to the UK thus putting an end to their extremely precarious legal and social situation.

The Memorandum follows up the Commissioner’s visit to the UK carried out last January.