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Home office minister Jeff Rooker said this morning that the government's ...
Home office minister Jeff Rooker said this morning that the government's

dispersal policy for asylum seekers will not be blocked by racist threats.

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's Today programme, Lord Rooker said asylum

seekers would not be able to choose where they live, while their application

is being considered, as they would migrate back to London and the south


But while dispersal will continue, 'we would not deliberately aggravate any

local conditions and where there are difficult situations, we would take a

different policy'.

However, he said, 'we will not pull out of areas simply because people say

it's an area where there could be racism'.

Kent CC leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart told Today that dispersal had been

effective in taking aylum seekers out of the south east, but the real

problem is the backlog of asylum apeals.

'We've been saying to government that it's an ineffective asylum system that

damages race relations', he said. 'It's too slow and must be speeded up'.


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