The government announced today that from 30 August 2005 people given refugee status will no longer qualify automatically for indefinite leave to remain but instead will be given leave for 5 years.
In response, Tim Finch, Director of Communications for the Refugee Council said:
“This is a step backwards.
“The government itself got rid of a similar rule in 1998 which at the time it called unfair, slow and a hindrance to integration.
“What is being proposed now is worse.
“The re-introduction of a qualifying period for ILR is unnecessary, costly and will make it even harder for people who are trying to put down roots and contribute to life in the UK. Refugees will be left in a cruel limbo – they’ll find it more difficult to get jobs, their children will not be able to plan for their future or do things like apply for university.
“We don’t understand why the government is intent on introducing a measure that puts at risk other good work on helping refugees to integrate . Not one single reputable, independent expert thinks this proposal will do anything but damage the chances of victims of persecution rebuilding their lives in the UK.
“This is why we’re writing to MPs today asking them to support an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to think again.”