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The Economist on the Eritrean asylum grant and appeal rates


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Good Piece in The Economist on the UK’s treatment of Eritrean refugees: Turned Away: On thin evidence, Britain declares its biggest source of refugees safe after all:

Judges who consider asylum appeals also seem to disagree with the Home Office’s strict new approach. Eritreans’ success rate on appealing against rejections soared to 86% in the third quarter of this year, up from 31% in the same period last year. The number of appeals lodged in the past six months is greater than in the previous six years. “What a massive waste of time and money,” exclaims Colin Yeo, an asylum lawyer at Garden Court barristers’ chambers.

Whole thing well worth a read, it is a very good summary of the controversy.

Interested in refugee law? You might like Colin's book, imaginatively called "Refugee Law" and published by Bristol University Press.

Communicating important legal concepts in an approachable way, this is an essential guide for students, lawyers and non-specialists alike.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.