Three quarters of asylum applications are caused by conflict

    Three out of four asylum applications in Britain are made by
    people fleeing countries in conflict, according to Home Office
    figures contained in a new report released to mark Refugee Week,
    writes Amy Taylor.

    The report, from organisations including the Refugee Council and
    Amnesty International, examines the impact of conflicts on
    civilians and on the movement of refugees.

    It examines conflicts in seven key countries that refugees flee
    from – Afghanistan, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo,
    Iraq, Russia, Somalia and Sudan.

    People from the countries tell their own personal stories of how
    they came to seek safety in Britain. The report’s focus on
    war and conflict reflects the themes of Refugee Week 2004 that
    takes place this week.

    “Refugees are people forced to flee their homes in fear of
    their lives – this is a fact that is too often
    overlooked,” said Maeve Sherlock, Refugee Council chief
    executive, speaking on behalf all the agencies.

    Fleeing the Fighting: How conflict drives the search for asylum

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