Asylum seekers in Britain

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6942.1509 (Published 04 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1509
  1. P Hall
  1. London NW3 2TB.

    EDITOR, - In her news article Claudia Court states that 700 people are seeking asylum in Britain1; this is a considerable underestimate. The Home Office's latest figures show that 45 800 people were waiting for their applications to be processed at the end of 1993 (personal communication). To achieve the coveted status of refugee applicants have to demonstrate a well founded fear of persecution, usually because of religious or political beliefs; only 3% succeeded in 1992. The number …

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