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Trying hard to make it unpleasant for migrants

“He’s stuck between the two isn’t he?” I suggest to Dave Smith, the director of The Boaz Trust, as we sit in their tiny meeting room. “As far as the Home Office is concerned he has no grounds to be here – he’s not personally fleeing persecution – but he can’t prove his nationality so the Turkish authorities won’t have him back.”

“That’s pretty much it, yes,” agrees Dave. Read more

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At their primary school her daughters seemed no different from the other kids but they came home to someone else’s house where they all slept in one room and ate their host’s leftovers. Olatunde has still not recovered from the five years her family were undocumented.

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Ruth and Dyanna

Brought here at 14 to work as a domestic 'slave', Ruth is now 26 with a six-year-old daughter. She is unknown to the authorities and claims no benefits. She relies on the goodwill of others and a low paid job to keep her head above water.

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Sinan has no papers to prove his nationality. The authorities cannot remove him even if they wanted to. He’s in limbo, no-man’s land. But at least he’s no longer homeless and now has an income of £12 per week.

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