Law against asylum seekers may have public health impactBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7399.1108 (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1108
- Sally Hargreaves
The first effects of the implementation of the widely criticised section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 were reported by health services in east Kent this week.
So far 36 asylum seekers in the area who applied for asylum after having arrived in the United Kingdom, as opposed to applying at the port of entry, have been denied benefit support and accommodation, under new government plans to get tough on asylum seekers. The number of asylum seekers presenting to services as destitute is rising by the day, say health service representatives in East Kent.
“As of eight days ago we have noted a sharp rise in cases of asylum seekers who have been refused social support from the Home Office's National Asylum Support Service,” said Dr Peter Le Feuvre, a GP in Dover. “They are still allowed to go on and claim political asylum, but they are being given seven day eviction notices from the Home Office accommodation centres, so they have no money and nowhere to live …