Pressure mounts over plight of Syrian asylum seekers in Britain

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Pressure mounts over plight of Syrian asylum seekers in Britain

Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs have spoken out against the treatment of asylum seekers at Waterside House, the Home Office’s Immigration centre in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Syrian asylum seekers have faced long delays in the processing of their claims, forcing them to live in abject poverty on just £34 a week while not being allowed to work. The news comes as Syrian and refugee rights campaigns plan to protest on the 16th June at the disgracefully small scale of the government’s resettlement programme for Syrian refugees fleeing the country’s civil war.

Fabian Hamilton MP, who represents Leeds North East, plans to join protestors on the 16th June outside the Home Office calling for justice for Syrian asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, Greg Mulholland MP, who represents neighbouring constituency Leeds North West, has urged the government to act swiftly to address this hardship: 

“I am very concerned that after the horrific events they have witnessed in their home country, Syrian refugees here in Leeds are facing extreme delays and hardship waiting for a decision on their asylum application.

“This is especially disappointing in light of the pledge made to help Syrians fleeing the conflict and violence in their country, and I have written to the Home Office, stating my concerns and urging ministers to ensure that this matter is addressed.”

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