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UK 'very hard' on asylum seekers

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The withdrawal of all benefits from failed asylum seekers is inhumane and inefficient according to former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith. His think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, says that the government is trying to encourage voluntary departure from Britain 'by destitution' - which means that many migrants go underground. It estimates that at least 26,000 failed asylum seekers are subsisting on Red Cross food parcels in the run-up to Christmas. Mr Duncan Smith discusses what he describes as a "sad reflection on British society".

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