A new law could make it harder for anyone who’s not white to get housing in Britain

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A new law being considered by British parliament could mean that landlords will face up to five years in prison if they provide housing to asylum seekers who have had their requests for refugee status denied. But if it passes, the rule could have an even wider impact–on anyone who’s not white. The Washington Post writes that landlords could decide to just stick with Anglo-Saxon Brits in an effort to avoid the extra work of checking documents.

“Checking immigration status is complicated so landlords may shy away from letting to anyone they believe isn’t British, even if they have a legal right to live in the UK,” Terrie Alafat, head of a non-profit called the Chartered Institute of Housing, told the Independent

In Britain, the law is being seen as a political reaction to a developing crisis on the country’s border with France, in the French town of Calais where the Channel Tunnel provides road and rail connections between the…

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