Accession nation applicants lose out

    Over 150 asylum seekers from the 10 EU accession nations have had
    their applications for transitional support turned down.

    Immigration minister Des Brown said that, since 5 April, 180 people
    had made representations to the government, of which only around 10
    per cent had been granted help while they found a way of supporting

    Ministers had previously announced that all asylum seekers from the
    accession countries would be denied support when their countries
    joined the EU on 1 May. But, at the last minute, the Home Office
    agreed to carry on supporting asylum seekers while it reviewed
    their cases and considered whether their human rights would be
    breached by the plans (news, page 7, 6 May).

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