3 Syrian asylum seekers given false legal advice

Miscommunication on arrival

GMT 14:17 Thursday ,16 April 2015

 Migrant Voice - Miscommunication on arrival

Image by Voice of America News: Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria.
Carla Gemma Calandra

Asylum seekers in the UK endure long, incredibly dangerous journeys in their escape from their home country. They escape from violence, capture, and injustice: seeking a better life somewhere new. Many survive the journey despite trepid waters across oceans and seas. Perhaps, however, there is another factor more damaging to their success than their treacherous journey.

As reported by The Week, many asylum seekers are given false legal guidance and information at their arrival. This miscommunication, deliberate or not, has led to the unjust arrest of three Syrian asylum seekers this past week. The men were misled to believe that pleading guilty to their passport charges on arrival would benefit their success for asylum. Now, they face between 8 weeks and 4 months of jail time for their crimes.

There is hope, however. After some investigation, the courts have allowed for the men to repeal their pleas. The BBC reported that these men were “deprived of a defense that was likely to succeed”.

This misguidance is an issue sending too many asylum seekers to jail without due cause. 34 convictions have been brought to court for appeal in the past three years alone.

Of course, the law allows for persons seeking refuge to enter if their home country does not allow a passport or legal papers. Politicians and legal advisors are now looking into the situation to investigate where said legal operations are going wrong.

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/63362/syrian-asylum-seekers-poised-to-appeal-passport-convictions? ; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32066108


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