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09 November 2007

Britain Yearly Meeting

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Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Meeting for Sufferings minuted 'outrage at the way that our society treats most asylum seekers and refugees' and called for Quakers to add 'a strong voice' to those who are working for change

  • In his introduction to the session on Saturday, Michael Bartlet, BYM parliamentary liaison officer, explained that this is a complex issue and that there is no central work currently done on this by the Yearly Meeting
  • We learned that the asylum system has been 'riddled with poor management and chaotic decisions'
  • Michael expressed concern that the starting point for many claims is that they are disbelieved rather than believed and that 'government expediency characterises actions'
  • The result is often destitution for those seeking asylum


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