Christina Boswell

The UK and Germany have both attempted to manage the problem through the regional dispersal of asylum seekers.

As the costs of assisting asylum seekers in Europe have risen, the UK and Germany have both attempted to manage the problem through the regional dispersal of asylum seekers. This study, jointly funded by the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society (www.agf.org.uk), examines how far this form of burden-sharing has met its objectives, and what its impact has been on asylum seekers. It finds that while dispersal had had some success in redistributing the costs of receiving asylum seekers (particularly in Germany), in many cases it has also exacerbated inter-ethnic tensions and racial violence in many new receiving areas. The paper recommended a number of changes to both UK and German systems. The report received widespread media coverage, including the BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Five Live and BBC News 24, and the Daily Telegraph, Express and Mirror."

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