Letter: Inflexibility of asylum rules

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Sir: The letter from Mr Charles Wardle, Parliamentary Under- Secretary, Home Office (13 August), quotes his own letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as saying that:

We shall also look favourably on close connections with this country, including in particular family connections, when considering whether it would be appropriate for an asylum claim to be considered here.

He repeats this, slightly less strongly, at the end of his letter to you.

In the same issue of your paper we read that a woman in Leicestershire offered her sister and son refuge, but when they arrived from Germany they were sent back.

Could Mr Wardle please explain this?

Yours faithfully,


Chew Stoke,


13 August