UK Home Office Encourages Asylum Seekers to Return Home

first_imgThe UK Home Office is encouraging those seeking asylum in the United Kingdom to go back to their countries before their cases are even taken up by the department officials, the Guardian reported. The Home Office is voluntarily giving contact numbers and information to asylum seekers about the ways they can head back home before their cases are considered.In a letter from the Home Office Asylum Routing Team, asylum seekers are told that a date will be sent to them for their main interview. Here they need to provide complete details regarding their cases, according to the report.When this interview is over, the Home Office official decides whether or not to accept their claim. The letter also contains the heading, “Help and Advice on Returning Home,” under which the details of who to get in touch with at the Home Office are specified for those asylum seekers wanting to return home.This measure taken by the department is said to be a part of the drive where an unfriendly atmosphere is created for illegal immigrants in Britain. The move has been made despite a 14 per cent drop in the number of asylum claims made in 2017 as compared to 2016, which was to 26,350, according to figures by the Home Office. However, the decline in the numbers has not deterred the department from encouraging asylum seekers in the United Kingdom to return home.“The team can discuss your return, obtain your travel document and send it to the port of departure, help with the cost of your tickets or provide other practical assistance,” states the letter, as per the report. Those seeking asylum were not provided this information till their application was rejected for many years.“We will only remove a person from the United Kingdom where the Home Office and the courts agree there is a safe route to return. Informing asylum seekers at an early stage about their options to leave the country on a voluntary basis has been part of Home Office practice for more than 10 years,” a Home Office spokeswoman was quoted as saying by the publication. She added that the Home Office wants to ensure that people are fully aware of all the options available to them as early as possible in the asylum process. “The letters state clearly that these options are voluntary,” she added.Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Feb. 22 revealed that about 5,500 Indian citizens sought asylum in the United Kingdom and applied for it in the last five years. A majority of the applications were made after the Indians arrived in the United Kingdom, pointing to the fact that they may have traveled with valid visas and applied for an asylum later. Related ItemsBritainHuman RightsUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedWorld’s biggest Britophiles revealed by SkyscannerWith British Tourism Week (15th-21st March 2010), Skyscanner reveals which of our foreign friends have the most love for the UK.Turning Staycationers into Vacationers: the global battle for international touristsThe global recession has led to an increasing trend for staycationsTurkey expecting recovery in tourism numbersTurkey expecting recovery in tourism numbers Skyscanner investigates which countries like to flash their cash the most when they travel – Germans in the lead, but China is hot on their trail.Skyscanner investigates which countries like to flash their cash the most when they travel – Germans in the lead, but China is hot on their trail.With the world economy apparently on the road to recovery, tourism will play a huge part in many countries’ income and competition is high to capture the biggest share of that market. International tourism is on track for a rebound with growth of 3-4% projected for 2010 – a welcome recovery after 2009’s slump.But when it comes to international travels, who spends the most and where should travel and tourism organisations be targeting their marketing budgets to attract the big spenders?At number one, it’s the Germans who spend over $90 billion a year on their travels, a disproportionate amount compared to their population which numbers just over 80 million, less than a third of the next biggest spenders – the USA, who splash $79.7 billion a year on holidays. Known for tipping big in restaurant and bars, Americans certainly know how to spend.In third place it’s the UK who splurge $68.5 billion to escape the UK on cheap flights each year. No doubt the lure of sun and sand plays a huge part in the mass exodus, with Spain by far our favourite holiday escape. This is also backed up by recent Skyscanner stats, with cheap flights to Malaga topping the most popular searched in January.France, which is also the world’s most popular country in terms of tourist arrivals, empty their wallets of $42.1 per year, whilst the Chinese spend $36.2 billion annually on their travels.China is part of a new force of international tourists. The country’s huge economic boom over the last decade has created a new middle class and with travel restrictions now a distant memory, more and more Chinese are taking advantage of their new found wealth and travelling the world – normally in tour groups.Italy, Japan, Canada, Russia and the Netherlands made up the rest of the ten big spenders list.Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and business director commented:“It will be very interesting to see how tourist spending changes since the downturn. So far, the latest figures show that only the Japanese spent less on international tourism than the previous year. China is fast rising, spending 21% more on their global travels, and are likely set to grow even more. Meanwhile, it’s the Germans who remain the world’s biggest spending tourists, and there would have to be significant change for anyone else to catch up with them.”1. Germany – $91.0 billion (+2%)2. USA – $79.7 billion (+4.4%)3. UK – $68.5 billion (+4.4%)4. France – $43.1 billion (+9.6%)5. China – $36.2 billion (+21.4%)6. Italy – $30.8 billion (+4.9%)7. Japan – $27.9 billion (-7.9%)8. Canada – $26.9 billion (+8.4%)9. Russia – $24.9 billion (+11.8%)10. Netherlands – $21.7 billion (+9.2%)Amount spent on international tourism in USD (latest figures 2008), according to The World Tourism Organisation.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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