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150,000 asylum seekers to be left in limbo after Rwanda bill

Over 100,000 asylum seekers will be left in permanent limbo in the UK, costing taxpayers an estimated £17 million a day to accommodate them, a new report suggests.

Forecasts by the Refugee Council using Home Office figures have revealed the impact of immigration laws enacted by the current government, days after Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda bill was passed by Parliament.

The report warns of a “system meltdown” where thousands of migrants will be left stranded in the UK, unable to be deported but shut out from the asylum system with an “illegal status”.

It also follows the deaths of five people earlier this week while attempting to cross the English Channel.

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