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Home Secretary Criticised for “Compassion Quota” in Asylum Policy

Theresa May is facing criticism for her plans to introduce what many critics are calling a “compassion quota” which offers the bare minimum protection to the vast majority of refugees.

The policy, which has been branded as the government’s strategy on asylum has been met with criticism by many. The policy states that only more of the most vulnerable refugees will only be resettled in Britain if that is matched by a cut in those who claim asylum after reaching the country.

Currently, the UK has only 39,000 asylum seekers, with plans to cut the number further being heavily criticised by critics. Asylum in 2015 in the UK rose by a mere 2% making the UK ninth in the EU regarding intake of asylum seekers.

As part of the changes introduced by Theresa May, the government propose to review the legal definitions of asylum to ensure that students cannot claim asylum, limiting the number of refugees and offering stronger safe returns views.

Dr Lisa Doyle, the Refugee Council’s head of advocacy, said: “Given the world is in the grip of one of the worst refugee crises ever, Britain, as one of the richest nations on the planet, has a real opportunity to help more refugees through the government’s first annual asylum strategy.

“Sadly, instead of making it easier for refugees to reach Britain safely and legally and enabling more people to reunite with their loved ones, the government appears intent on pulling up the drawbridge and singling out certain groups as somehow unworthy of our protection."

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