Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Still Human Still Here (in Leeds)

Leeds Asylum Seekers' Support Network will today ask the council to support the aims of Still Human Still Here in order to combat the devastating affect of destitution among asylum seekers in Leeds.

Still Human Still Here is a coalition of over 50 organisations that are campaigning to end the destitution of thousands of refused asylum seekers in the UK. The coalition believes that the current policy is inhumane and ineffective and is urging the Government to:

  • Provide asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute with sufficient support so that they can meet their essential living needs until they are returned to their country of origin or are given permission to stay in the UK;
  • Provide free access to healthcare for all asylum seekers while they are in the UK;
  • Grant asylum seekers permission to work if their case has not been resolved within six months or they have been refused, but temporarily cannot be returned through no fault of their own ;
  • Improve decision making and ensure that all those in need of protection receive it.
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