Letter: Bigots of Dover

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Sir: Earl Russell points out that the UK is a signatory to the 1951 UN convention on refugees whereby we are "bound to allow entry and hear the claim of everyone who wishes to claim asylum in this country" (letter, 23 August).

This is all fine and principled. We hear a lot about the rights and cultural identity of asylum seekers. We read less about the concerns of the people of Britain regarding the threats to their way of life and cultural identity.

The world is getting a smaller and more crowded place and it is not in this country's interests to support a policy of unlimited access to asylum seekers. There should be a yearly limit to the applicants this country is prepared to take.


Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire