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Call for action on Syria

The stories of asylum seekers show the need for a more robust and humane response to the refugee crisis, and highlight the lacuna in the UK's immigration policies, writes Rachel Lau

22 December 2015

The refugee crisis has been one of the stories of the year. People have been fleeing steadily from the conflicts in
Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and from ongoing instability in sub-Saharan Africa. With an escalation in the conflict, and Britain's role
in the conflict, in Syria, we will most likely see many more of those seeking safety making
their way towards Europe.

In many ways, the crisis does not change much about the day-to-day work of asylum lawyers, but it is impossible - or at least unwise - to ignore the context in which we are working. The current context has led many working in the field, and in law more generally, to consider what, if anything, we can do beyond representing those who reach these shores.

Human impact

When thinking of the refugee crisis, it is not difficult for asylum lawyers, and those working
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