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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

UK: Forced labour for Asylum Seekers

from the Guardian:

More than 600 rejected asylum seekers who cannot go home immediately will have to do compulsory unpaid community work in return for accommodation and benefits, the Home Office has admitted.
The requirement will apply to more than 600 asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected and who are willing to return home but cannot do so immediately, and are receiving so-called "hard case support". They may not be able to leave the country because there is no viable route, it is too dangerous to send them back or they are too ill or pregnant to travel.

The official guidance says that the elderly and infirm will be exempt, but only on a case-by-case basis.

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