Conditions in UK hotels housing asylum seekers sub-standard, unsafe, report finds

A new report finds that conditions in hotels hosting asylum seekers are poor and sometimes unsafe.

For the report, more than 50 asylum seekers in Glasgow provided information to academics at Edinburgh Napier University and producers involved in the Migrants for Rights and Empowerment organization.

Interim results indicate that the resettlement of asylum seekers during the pandemic had a negative impact on their health, as participants found temporary accommodation during the global pandemic to be unsafe and often similar to detention.

The results are reminiscent of Napier Barracks in Folkestone, run by privately owned Clearsprings, which has been heavily criticized by human rights groups working at home for not being suitable for housing people.

At the height of the Covid pandemic, men lived in dormitories separated by a thin curtain, while the advice was to stay away from society.

According to the report, the Glasgow Mother and Baby Unit has been criticized by women for being cramped and insecure.

The mother and child unit had a negative impact on their lives and the lives of their children, prompting investigators to demand an independent evaluation of the facility “urgently”.

Some asylum seekers have been threatened with deportation by accommodation staff if they do not move.

The report found that staying in hotels for extended periods had a significant impact on the health and well-being of asylum seekers.

Earlier this week, Afghans evacuated to the UK told The Guardian that they felt trapped in quarantine conditions longer than they should have been and that they were only allowed out for an hour or two a day.

An Afghan interpreter described the hotel he was staying in in Swindon as a prison; He says he and his family had to make reservations at the front desk if they wanted to go for a walk. They were not told how long they would stay there or where they would go next.

Priti Patel has met with Border Force officials as migrants continue to cross the English Channel into the UK from France by boat.

The home secretary was seen on the channel on Thursday, a day after it was confirmed that she would remain in her role as part of a cabinet shakeup led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

It is understood that she participated in a private meeting with law enforcement teams on the front lines of the fight against illegal immigration.

 

Her flight to Dover came as the crossing continued for the fourth day in a row this week.

So far this year, a new record was set when 1,959 people crossed the canal from France in the week ending September 10, the highest total in any seven-day period in 2021, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Palestine News Agency.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan backed calls for the government to introduce a Covid reimbursement visa to cover a shortage of workers in a variety of industries, including hospitality, and outlined how the scheme could work, including a call to the government to change your immigration to meet economic need. and helping companies, while delegating powers to fill vacancies. In sectors with serious deficiencies, extend the youth mobility plan to EU citizens.

The crisis was triggered by Brexit and the Covid-19 virus, with many young workers returning to their home countries. Post-Brexit rules make it difficult for those in low-skilled or low-paying jobs to move to the UK.

Mr Khan argued that the list of regional jobs that are in short supply in London and other cities will give regions the ability to attract and retain staff where they are most needed.

He said: “Many sectors important to our economic recovery, from hospitality to transportation, construction and culture, are now under tremendous pressure due to the EU worker shortage and government immigration regulations. We know there are countless struggling companies in London that are working. ” It’s hard to stay on your feet, but now you just can’t hire the staff you need.

“Given the urgency and scale of the challenge, I call on the government to change its immigration system to meet our economic needs and help our business. This should include the introduction of a ‘Covid Recovery Visa’ to help attract international workers. Roles to support our economic recovery London has unique needs when it comes to attracting workers from around the world, so a more dynamic and detailed approach is urgently required.

When it comes to immigration, many politicians seem too afraid to argue about what they know is necessary. The truth is that a flexible immigration system that can attract talent from around the world will always be critical to London’s competitiveness and our continued success. ”

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of job vacancies in London was roughly 21% higher in July 2021 than in July of the previous year, rising to 43% for vacancies in the construction industry and 60% in hospitality.

Despite this, London still has the highest unemployment rate in the UK at six percent.

It is one of three regions, including Scotland and the south-east of England, that had fewer associated personnel before the Covid-19 pandemic began.