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Shipley MP Philip Davies in call over asylum seekers
9:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A person fleeing from danger must seek asylum in the nearest safe county and not travel to Britain, an MP has said.
Shipley MP Philip Davies said travelling across Europe to reach the UK was not acceptable.
The Tory MP said: “If people are genuine and are fleeing from persecution they should reach the first safe country and then settle there.
“There is no reason for people being persecuted to go through the whole of Europe to get across to Britain. They should be claiming asylum in the first safe country that they arrive in.
“If this is not the case people are wary of whether they are actually fleeing persecution or abusing the hospitality and generosity of Britain.”
A recent survey shows 74 per cent of people agree with Mr Davies. He said of 1,090 people questioned – none of who knew the suggestion was backed by a group of Conservative MPs – 805 people agreed, or strongly agreed, refuge should be sought in the nearest safe country.