The British government has been accused of damaging social cohesion through its policies and rhetoric on asylum. The criticisms were made by a wide range of witnesses at the final public hearing of the Independent Asylum Commission.
A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that rather than taking housing from local residents, as critics claim, new immigrants tend to fill voids in the housing stock left behind or rejected by other households.
The Independent Asylum Commission is holding its final public hearing in London on 29 November 2007. It is collecting evidence for an impartial citizens’ enquiry into the UK asylum system, which many regard as unjust and failing.