Table 3

Differences between the Kosovan refugees and asylum seekers

Kosovan refugeesAsylum seekers
Initiative to come to the UKUK governmentIndividual
StatusLeave to remain in the UK (for 12 months in the first instance)Asylum seekers
Political supportSupport by most parties in the UK and the EUSupport varies between political parties
OriginFormer YugoslaviaRanges from Somalia to China
Proximity to the WestVery closeVaries
Benefits/supportAdequateLimited
Home Office: cashHome Office NASS Directorate: “Cash less” Voucher System
Media imagePositive = sympathetic, supportiveNegative = stereotyping
Public attitudeFavourableMixed