Home Office faces legal challenge over move to force Scots asylum seekers to travel 220 miles for appeals

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The UK government is facing a legal challenge to strict new rules which will force impoverished asylum seekers in Scotland to travel to Liverpool for appointments with immigration officials from tomorrow. Lawyers are working with a charity which represents penniless refugees to build a case against the change, revealed in last week’s Sunday Herald. Most asylum seekers are not permitted to work in the UK and survive on food stamps. The new system will apply to refugees who have had their initial application rejected and all financial support withdrawn. In a letter sent to stakeholders only a fortnight ago, UK Visas and Immigration CEO Mike Wells, said: “From 26th January 2015 we will require all failed asylum seekers wishing to submit further submissions to make an appointment to do so, in person, in Liverpool.” The decision has been criticised by Scottish Government Communities Secretary Alex Neil, who has written to Home Secretary Theresa May to urge her to reconsider, and charities which offer support to refugees who arrive in the UK after fleeing persecution.

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