Statement on evictions facing destitute asylum seekers

Our response to the situation faced by over 80 refused asylum seekers who face eviction from Y People accomodation when the UK Border Agency housing contract is transferred to Serco later this year.

John Wilkes, Chief Executive of Scotland Refugee Council, said: "We are extremely concerned at anyone being made destitute and homeless as a result of UK Government policies.

"There are more than 100 refused asylum seekers who have been forced into an appalling state of limbo – unable to return home to their countries of origin where they fear for their lives, yet unable to access any support in the UK.

Looming threat

"With the reality of evictions looming large, we are working closely with Glasgow City Council and Y People to identify anyone particularly vulnerable who may be able to access additional support. We are also providing extensive and detailed case work to find alternative means of support for people affected where-ever possible.

"Much to our frustration and dismay there are still likely to be many people who find themselves destitute and forced to rely on faith groups or charities such as Positive Action on Housing, who may be able to find them a room through a volunteer host, or Unity, who are currently operating a small Night Shelter for destitute asylum seekers in a Glasgow church.

"We cannot state clearly enough that destitution is an unacceptable and inhumane symptom of an asylum system which is failing and reiterate our call on the UK Border Agency to support to everyone from the point at which they claim asylum until they either receive Refugee status, or until they are either granted status or can be returned safely to their countries of origin."