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1 What do you think the consequences are for the UK (an MEDC) of asylum seekers and refugees?

2 Look at the handout showing the rights and responsibilities of asylum seekers Is there anything on there that surprises you? YouTube - Mr Bean talk about Immigration

3 Some consequences of asylum seekers in the UK Attitudes and values of the host population Attitudes and values of the asylum seeker / refugee population Housing / shelter Social effects of locals resenting the newcomers The problem of detention centres Impacts still concentrated in particular locations Repatriation of failed asylum seekers Impact on schools, health care and welfare services

4 Attitudes and values of the host population Opinions vary but racist attitudes are pushed by -The press e.g. The Sun -The British National Party Other opinions are pushed by the -Council of Europe’s racism commission -The Refugee Council -The Home Office RESEARCH the different view points of asylum seekers in the UK. Sum up how each of the above views asylum seekers and refugees

5 Attitudes and values of the asylum seeker / refugee population Look at the reports below Do you think asylum seekers are treated too softly? From these reports how do you think asylum seekers feel about their host country? 40.htmlhttp://www.irr.org.uk/2005/october/ha html stmhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/ stm

6 Housing / shelter Accommodation for asylum seekers is provided on a ‘no choice’ basis through the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) but refugees are eligible for social housing The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is responsible for providing accommodation for asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute while their claim is being considered Most pressure is on those places near major airports and ports Watch the video clip and list 5 points about housing policy and asylum seekers Butlins and Asylum seekersButlins and Asylum seekers

7 Social effects of locals resenting the newcomers The fate of asylum seekers has become an issue across the country. Read the following articles and explain why. britain/scots-protest-at-opening-of-detention- centre-for-asylumseekers-in-old-jail htmlhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this- britain/scots-protest-at-opening-of-detention- centre-for-asylumseekers-in-old-jail html https://www.irr.org.uk/cgi- bin/news/open.pl?id=5557https://www.irr.org.uk/cgi- bin/news/open.pl?id= stmhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/ stm

8 The problem of detention centres There are currently 10 centres for housing failed asylum seekers awaiting deportation in the UK with approximately 2500 spaces. In ,000 people had their asylum applications rejected Many people disagree with them. Look at the sources on the next page. What do you think? Who Who are detention centre for? List 5 objections local populations could give against the idea of detention centres in their areas

9 Websites news/the-calais-lsquoguantanamorsquo htmlhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home- news/the-calais-lsquoguantanamorsquo html failed-asylum-seekers.htmlhttp://www.aboutimmigration.co.uk/detention- failed-asylum-seekers.html YouTube - Channel 4 news, 3rd Sep Keith VazYouTube - Channel 4 news, 3rd Sep Keith Vaz YouTube - it's no right is it 3/67/http://www.medicaljustice.org.uk/content/view/52 3/67/

10 Impacts still concentrated in particular locations There can be a gap between perception and reality. Different categories of immigrants are clustered together so local communities feel there are more immigrants in the UK than there are Glasgow, Leeds, Brmingham, Newcastle and Liverpool house the greatest numbers of asylum seekers immigration-uk-population.htmlhttp://www.aboutimmigration.co.uk/facts-impact- immigration-uk-population.html

11 Repatriation of failed asylum seekers The backlog has doubled in a year to 9000 cases. Failed asylum seekers are offered free flights home, £1000 cash at the airport and £3000 to start enterprises. This is seen to be cheaper than forcibly deporting them 69/Row-over-payments-to-failed-asylum- seekers.htmlhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ /Row-over-payments-to-failed-asylum- seekers.html news/2008/09/18/shocking-treatment-of-asylum- seekers-children /http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales- news/2008/09/18/shocking-treatment-of-asylum- seekers-children /

12 Impact on schools, health care and welfare services Schools take asylum children without any additional funding. This means specialist staff are not always employed. &F=1&id=16439http://www.newswales.co.uk/?section=Education &F=1&id=16439 In Wales failed asylum seekers get free health care unlike those in England. asylum.org/pdfs/newsletter1.pdfhttp://www.defend- asylum.org/pdfs/newsletter1.pdf

13 Outline the consequences of the flows of asylum seekers and refugees into developed countries (10 marks) Using the website below and what you know about refugees and asylum seekers try and answer the exemplar question tion=refugeesasylum.frequentquestionshttp://www.newport.gov.uk/_dc/index.cfm?fuseac tion=refugeesasylum.frequentquestions Think about -the impact of the host country in terms of health, welfare, schooling and housing -The way asylum seekers are treated -The ways they are perceived by the host communities


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