“Whatever your views, refugees and asylum-seekers deserve our compassion” – Voice of the People

The country is divided in dealing with refugees and asylum seekers, hopefully we can reconcile one day


While awaiting the verdict on her controversial Rwanda plan, Priti Patel has been otherwise occupied.

The Interior Minister was found to have acted unlawfully. Of course it is an asylum seeker case.

Conditions at a detention center in Folkestone were found to be in violation of the Equality Act.

Shameful as always. The country is divided when it comes to dealing with refugees and asylum seekers.

Hopefully one day we can reconcile. But in the meantime, let’s agree on one thing – a fundamental right.

Many of the people who reach our shores are desperate, fleeing war zones, devastated lands and persecution.

And it’s a phenomenon that’s only going to get worse.

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Climate crises and new conflicts will increase the flow of refugees.

Some will come illegally – that’s a fact. There are not enough legitimate routes.

How we treat these people says a lot about us as a country.

Take the case we bring to you in today’s paper.

Kidane fled Eritrea at the age of 18, first to Israel, where he was deported to Rwanda with a promise of security.

It never came and he was expelled, so he embarked on a perilous journey, with murder and chaos all around him.

Where was he going? Here.

Where his only family – his brother – lives. Where he could be safe.

Now he is threatened with deportation because he entered the country illegally. Unbelievable, back to Rwanda.

Languishing in a Cardiff detention center, he says: “We were treated like cattle.”

Whatever your views, these are people. You deserve our sympathy.

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