Scottish Refugee Council
A charity is raising fears about asylum accommodation after a traumatised refugee family was housed on the edge of a notoriously derelict and abandoned estate in Port Glasgow.
The bill, which could see trafficking survivors detained indefinitely or deported to Rwanda, was a “gift to traffickers”, they claimed.
Police Scotland passed the details of over two hundred victims of crimes to Home Office immigration enforcement teams in a two year period, including sexually exploited children and women who’d been physically attacked and trafficked.
Migrant and refugee children have been left homeless – with one family of five, including a pre-school child, forced to sleep in a borrowed car in Glasgow – due to disputes between the Home Office and local authorities about who is responsible for their welfare.
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.
A charity that helps torture survivors has accused Glasgow City Council of failing to provide young asylum seekers and refugees with free bus passes and depriving them of a “vital lifeline” during the cost-of-living crisis.
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.
An escalating number of deaths in the asylum system are being “brushed under the carpet” it has been claimed, as data obtained from the Home Office shows that ten asylum seekers have died in Scotland since May 2020.
A Syrian father of three, who fled for his life and was facing deportation by the Home Office to Rwanda, is now fighting for his right to claim asylum through the Scottish courts.