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UK asylum-seekers: Red doors 'mark' us as abuse targets

Britain's government has ordered an investigation into alleged discrimination against asylum-seekers amid reports that many of the homes being provided for them have red front doors that mark them out for abuse.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says the Home Office will launch an inquiry after an investigation by the Times newspaper found that most public housing for asylum-seekers from Syria and eastern Europe in the northeastern English town of Middlesborough had red front doors. The report quotes asylum-seekers as complaining that the distinctive paint singles them out as easy targets of vandalism.

The services firm G4S, the government contractor providing housing for asylum-seekers in the region, denies it has a discriminatory policy but said Wednesday it will repaint the doors so "there is no predominant color."