Friday, August 16, 2019

Protect Glasgow's Asylum Seekers

Some 300 failed asylum seekers who live in flats - often several people to a room - in some of the most deprived areas of Glasgow are living under the threat of eviction, having been told by the Home Office that they cannot stay in the United Kingdom. In July last year, when Serco first announced its eviction policy

Serco, a private company contracted by the British government to provide social housing in Scotland, are changing the locks on the doors and have tried evicting residents. 50 Serco evictions were temporarily suspended by the Glasgow Sheriff Court.  On August 28, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) will be granted the right to intervene in a legal appeal against the evictions, citing "serious human rights implications".

"These are people from Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq," said Mohammad Asif, a member of the Scottish Afghan community, who settled in Glasgow after fleeing the Taliban in 2000. "They are living in limbo and are not allowed to work or do anything and have to rely on charity and handouts."

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