Asylum seeker dispersal polices in both the UK and Germany
increase racial tension and have had a significant negative impact
on the welfare of asylum seekers, according to a new report.
It concluded that in the UK the effectiveness of the dispersal
system is limited by administrative inefficiency.
Meanwhile, another study has claimed the government’s programme
to disperse asylum seekers is failing to meet their mental health
needs and is inadequately funded. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable
Trust looked at five councils in the Yorkshire and Humberside
consortium dealing with asylum seekers.
Its report calls for the dispersal system to be much better
resourced by the National Asylum Support Service and recommends the
Department of Health offer more targeted mental health services for
– Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Anglo-German
Foundation, Spreading the Cost of Asylum Seekers, from 01904 431
– Dispersed: A Study of Services for Asylum Seekers in West
Yorkshire from 01904 627 810.