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Cost of asylum

The Lords’ decision on the duty to provide accomodation for asylum seekers is far from comprehensive, says Adam Solomon

22 November 2002

The question of who is obliged to bear the burden of providing accommodation to asylum seekers was considered recently (17 October 2002) by the House of Lords in Westminster City Council v National Asylum Support Service [2002] UKHL 38. Should the duty fall on the local authorities in which the asylum seekers reside, or is the duty one which the national support machinery should bear? This is the policy question behind much recent legislation and case law, but the answer, at least for some categories of asylum seekers, remains unclear. Facts In Westminster, the dispute arose over Mrs Y-Ahmed (Y) who was at the relevant time an infirm destitute asylum seeker. She is an Iraqi Kurd but comes from Kuwait, where she lived for 40 years, most recently with her husband and children. In 1996 she was diagnosed as having spinal cancer and although treatment in Kuwait initially produced a remission, she had a relapse in 1999. In July 2000 she and her 13-year-old daughter came...

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