Asylum seekers – who are spending their second Christmas without having their claim for sanctuary considered and living in a hotel – say they have been “abandoned by the system”, with some reporting feeling suicidal.
Ferret Fact Service looks into the situation at with migrants coming to the UK after the controversy at the Manston processing centre.
Over 3,000 people – including asylum seekers and trafficking survivors – have been held in Scottish police cells for up to 72 hours under immigration powers over the last five years.
Hundreds of asylum seekers from Afghanistan have been prevented from applying for refugee protection in the UK this year, as new rules allow the Home Office to first investigate if their claims are “admissible”.
Almost 400 asylum seekers are still being housed in budget Glasgow hotels rooms by Home Office contractor Mears and living on just over £1 per day.
Scottish Government grant recipient involved in Alex Salmond's Iran visit remained as charity head for almost four years despite being disqualified from holding a directorship
Government officials are increasingly challenging independent evidence of torture, raising fears genuine asylum seekers could be sent home.