Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Daily Telegraph: Asylum seekers should be renamed sanctuary seekers, report says

The word "asylum" should be phased out and replaced with "sanctuary" when used in relation to foreigners seeking shelter in Britain, a report said today.

The recommendation was made after a poll for the Independent Asylum Commission found that only 28 per cent of people viewed the word "asylum" positively while 33 per cent viewed it negatively.

In contrast, more than 81 per cent thought "sanctuary" had positive connotations.

For 31.3 per cent the word asylum was associated with a place for the mentally ill rather than a refuge for the persecuted. Read more
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