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The Coalition Against the Destitution of Asylum Seekers (CADAS)

Repeal Section 55, a law which has left thousands of asylum seekers with no food or shelter


We the undersigned express our opposition to the inhumane measures already in place, and those proposed, which effectively leave asylum seekers destitute, without state support for food and shelter. The measures are an affront to the Human Rights Act. We are particularly calling for:

  • the repeal of Section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. This inhumane measure has left thousands of asylum seekers effectively destitute because of the timing of their application. Asylum seekers should have the right to pursue their claim whether having applied at port of entry or in-country. They are prevented from working to support themselves and without any recourse to help they suffer mental and physical deterioration.
  • The withdrawal of clause 7 of the new bill – which proposes to deny support to families at the end of the asylum process and, if necessary, remove their children into care if they do not " take reasonable steps to leave the UK voluntarily ". We are opposed to this extension of s.54/Schedule 3 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and these provisions should be repealed.

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