Responding to the immigration and asylum statistics published by the Home Office on 24 November, Judith Dennis, Advocacy Officer at the Refugee Council said: “Although numbers of asylum applications remain low, the increase in applications from Libyan and Syrian people this year shows how suddenly events happening around the world can force people to flee to safety in countries like the UK.
"It is therefore imperative we have a robust and effective system in place to ensure these people can get protection here if they are at risk in their own country. This includes access to legal support and advice services for asylum seekers – both of which have faced massive cuts this year.
“Our other key concern is children – 30 children were detained just in the last three months, despite a government pledge to end the abhorrent practice. This comes on the day when reports that the UK government will start returning children to Afghanistan next year have been made."
She concluded. "they would never treat British children like this, so it is unacceptable that the government is disregarding the welfare of children who have fled violent and dangerous countries to seek safety here.”