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Home Secretary considered shipping asylum seekers to Atlantic Island

by LLB political Reporter
30th Sep 20 1:26 pm

Home Secretary Priti Patel has considered shipping asylum seekers to the Ascension Islands in the South Atlantic, which is over 4,000 miles from the UK.

According to the Financial Times Home Office officials were instructed to look into the feasibility of transferring asylum seekers from the UK to the Islands.

A second option was to send the asylum seekers to a centre on St Helena, which is where Napoleon was sent packing and lived in exile after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

A Home Office official said, “The UK has a long and proud history of offering refuge to those who need protection. Tens of thousands of people have rebuilt their lives in the UK and we will continue to provide safe and legal routes in the future.

“As ministers have said we are developing plans to reform policies and laws around illegal migration and asylum to ensure we are able to provide protection to those who need it, while preventing abuse of the system and the criminality associated with it.”

Labour slammed the idea as “inhumane, completely impractical and wildly expensive.”

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