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‘The waiting is terrible, I wake up screaming’: thousands living in limbo amid UK asylum backlog

‘The waiting is terrible, I wake up screaming’: thousands living in limbo amid UK asylum backlog

‘The waiting is terrible, I wake up screaming’: thousands living in limbo amid UK asylum backlog
Feb 11, 2024 54 secs

“The definition of a complex case is not clear,” said the head of clinical services for the London branch of Freedom from Torture, who did not wish her full name to be used.

“I have reviewed London asylum cases which are still part of the legacy backlog, and they don’t appear to fall under the category of complexity referred to by the government.”

“The asylum backlog is far from cleared,” said Josephine Whitaker-Yilmaz, policy and public affairs manager at migrant rights charity Praxis.

“In the case of a Syrian national, who has provided identification documents, there is arguably no further examination required, especially if the asylum seeker has been granted entry clearance on a visa route, so their identity has been accepted.

“But for people waiting for asylum decisions, that sense of safety is not being met.” They do not feel safe, in part because they are afraid of being removed to their country of origin.

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