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Continue to grant asylum and support to refugees fleeing persecution

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We will continue to grant asylum and support to refugees fleeing persecution, with the ultimate aim of helping them to return home if it is safe to do so.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.23

Our verdict

  • This is a promise that the UK will continue to offer asylum and support to people fleeing persecution.
  • In December 2020, the government made changes to its immigration rules which mean asylum claims from anyone who has travelled through or has a connection with a safe third country will be inadmissible.  The changes have been strongly criticised by leading refugee charities. In March 2021, a consultation was launched on the government’s New Plan for Immigration, a policy proposal which the United Nations has suggested misinterprets international law.  The UK’s Refugee Council has said the new policy is “wholly unjust and undermines the UK’s long tradition of providing protection for people”.
  • At a time when Covid-19 is creating new concerns around the fate of refugees and asylum seekers, the UK government has changed its rules on immigration to make it harder for people to seek asylum. This development moves the government further away from the stated objective in its manifesto pledge, so this policy is ‘broken’.

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