Amnesty International - Meeting with Caroline NoakesWritten by Carole Cox
AN EVENING WITH CAROLINE NOKES
Caroline Nokes, Romsey MP since 2010, joined us for our 4 March Zoom meeting. She was Home Office Minister of State for Immigration for 18 months until July 2019 and continues to have a special interest in immigration; she gave a long and detailed interview about it to the Independent in January, and it was following this that we invited her to join us.
She mainly talked about asylum seekers, who are people arriving in the UK after fleeing their homes because of persecution and who apply to stay; if successful they would be allowed to stay, initially for six months. Despite scaremongering tabloid headlines, the actual number arriving here is less than 40,000 each year – far fewer than most European countries. Once here, they are often housed in poor accommodation and given £37.75 per week to cover their food, clothes, toiletries and other essentials.
UPDATE: About 10 days ago Amnesty International sent news about Nazanin. She was due to be released and her ankle band had been removed. However, the Embassy knew nothing about when to expect her. She has served the full term of her original sentence, but it now appears that her case is being reviewed again, However, she faces a second charge and had to go back to court in Iran on Sunday, 14 March. After a trial lasting 20 minutes, a verdict will be due in the next week. Her daughter is now 5 years old.