How will the Commission make a difference?
The Independent Asylum Commission will not just be another report
that is published and then gathers dust.
It is a once in a decade opportunity to make a difference. The number
of asylum seekers has dropped dramatically in recent years and is
now at its lowest level since 1993. The Immigration and Nationality
Directorate is being reformed and asylum claims are about to be dealt
with in a different way. The media has switched some of its attention
to immigration rather than asylum. The two main political parties
are reviewing their policies and there will be at least one new prime
minister in the next few years.
That means it is a time of incredible opportunity.
And because it is so timely, all three of the main political parties
have agreed to engage with the Commission and its work, and it was
warmly welcomed in a recent debate in the House of Lords. You can read the debate here
But the Commission will only succeed if its recommendations are
adopted and implemented by those who make the decisions. And that
requires citizens across the UK to participate in the work of the
IAC and then to help inform their reps, local media and fellow citizens
of its findings. If you are interested in helping make the IAC more
effective: Get involved.
I look forward to the work of the Independent Asylum Commission.
This is a vital area of public policy and it is important that independent
evidence is collected to inform and influence the politicians who
make the decisions."
Damian Green MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Conservative
I welcome the work that the Independent Asylum Commission is planning
to do. It is important that the asylum system in Britain upholds
its proud record of granting safe refuge to those fleeing persecution.
Any fresh thinking on how to deal with these problems is worthy of
Nick Clegg MP, Home Affairs Spokesman, Liberal Democrats