The government refuses support to 150 EU asylum seekers

    More than 150 asylum seekers from the 10 EU accession countries
    have had their applications for transitional support turned down by
    the government, writes Amy Taylor.

    Ministers had previously said that asylum seekers from the
    accession countries would be denied support when their countries
    joined the EU on 1 May but announced a reprieve at the last
    minute.

    The Home Office agreed to carry on supporting asylum seekers
    while it conducted a review of their cases and considered whether
    their human rights would be breached by the plans. If so, then it
    will provide transitional support giving the asylum seekers more
    time to find a way of supporting themselves, most likely through
    employment.

    It has told local councils, who support some of the asylum
    seekers, to do the same.

    In response to a parliamentary question the immigration minister
    Des Brown said that since 5 April 180 people had made
    representations to the government and that around 10 per cent of
    them had been granted transitional support. He added that each was
    dealt with on a case by case basis.

    But prior to the reprieve campaigners were concerned that more
    than 2,500 asylum seekers and their families would be made homeless
    overnight. The remainder are likely to be in the process of
    applying for transitional support, or making other arrangements,
    such as finding work or leaving the UK.

    A High Court challenge to the government’s decision to
    stop the support was due to take place last week but has now been
    adjourned until after 5 July. However, the case may be postponed
    because of the reprieve.

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