AUTHOR: Diane Taylor
Letter seen by the Guardian discusses travel options to return home before asylum case has been heard
The Home Office has begun encouraging asylum seekers to return home before officials have considered their cases, the Guardian has learned.
The department’s move is part of the drive to create a “hostile” environment for illegal immigrants in Britain, and comes despite a 14% decline in the number of asylum claims made last year, to 26,350. Germany, in contrast, received approximately 200,000 applications in 2017.
Despite these low numbers, the Home Office is keen to encourage as many people as possible to return home. It has begun providing asylum seekers with contact numbers and information about how they can return home voluntarily before their cases have been considered.