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Misunderstanding between Eu and UN asylum laws

February 15th, 2000

Seeking asylum from Europe
Britain is bound by a series of European treaties that limit our capacity to pursue an independent asylum policy.
(Daily Telegraph, page 27, 15 February 2000)

This was corrected two days later by Home Office Minister Barbara Roche who said, “Far from being a European treaty, it is the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees – signed by more than 120 countries – that obliges the United Kingdon to assess every asylum claim on its merits.”

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