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UK family reunion visa system puts lives at risk, says Red Cross

Exclusive: charity says families forced to cross war zones and pay smugglers to get paperwork

Children and adults are being forced to navigate war zones, risk sexual violence or imprisonment, and pay smugglers to reach a place where UK visa paperwork can be processed by officials acting for the Home Office, a charity has said.

When a person has successfully claimed asylum and been granted refugee status in the UK, they are legally entitled to be reunited with immediate relatives through a family reunion visa.

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