Very interesting. As the world’s population becomes more mobile, becoming a refugee becomes a choice for many millions of people who previously did not have the option. How we treat those refugees, people who by definition have chosen our country over the country of their roots, says a great deal about us as a society.
As we release our two part interview with 4 asylum seekers’ experiences in the UK we bring you some facts about asylum, a system in the UK which is severely distorted through a mainstream media lens, resulting in mistaken prejudice about some of the most vulnerable people in the country.
– 2003 Press Complaints Commission guidance ruled that the phrase “illegal asylum seeker” is inaccurate.
– There is no such thing as an ‘illegal’ or ‘bogus’ asylum seeker. Under international law, anyone has the right to apply for asylum in any country that has signed the 1951 Convention and to remain there until the authorities have assessed their claim.
– Charities have made complaints for over a decade to the PCC on what has been agreed as widespread inaccurate coverage.
“Media outlets often inflate or speculate about numbers of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. Newspaper and TV images play into the…
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