They’ve suffered enough

    The government is delighted that the number seeking asylum in this
    country has fallen sharply. Never mind that our news broadcasts
    show no sign of a reduction in the number of displaced people in
    the world – as long as they don’t come here, it seems, then all is
    well.

    But even for the UK, the new figures tell only part of the story.
    What about the thousands still awaiting the outcome of their appeal
    for asylum? People like Community Care user panel member
    Ibrahim Koroma whose case seems to be in a constant state of
    adjournment and who survives only thanks to the goodwill of his one
    friend in this country who gives him food and shelter.

    The government doesn’t seem to want to know about the plight of
    people like Ibrahim left in limbo by the lumbering machinery of our
    asylum process. An honourable way out of the predicament, now the
    headline figures are coming down, would be to declare an amnesty
    for those stuck in the system. Surely they’ve already suffered
    enough?

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