Response - Secure Borders, Safe Haven

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: March 2002


The Home Office White Paper 'Secure Borders, Safe Haven' proposed reforms to the immigration and asylum system. Our response in March 2002 challenged the misconceptions and focused on developing a more effective response.

Summary

For Shelter the White paper provides an opportunity both to challenge some of the misconceptions and negative stereotyping that have dominated the asylum debate in recent years, and to focus on developing a more effective response to a complex area of policy.

Shelter's response focused on:

  • Improving the conditions in which people seeking asylum are housed under the dispersal scheme.
  • Ensuring that those dispersed, and granted refugee status or leave to remain, are effectively integrated into their new communities.
  • Linking the development of policy and operational issues to the new arrangements set out in the Homelessness Act to ensure a co-ordinated response at a local level.

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