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Asylum Seekers Forced To Live In Hotels Without Any Financial Assistance

A number of asylum seekers have been forced to live in hotels across the UK for months during the lockdown without any financial assistance.

A number of asylum seekers have been forced to live in hotels across the UK for months during the lockdown without any financial assistance.

Pregnant women, disabled people and young children are among these vulnerable asylum seekers who are being restricted to set meals, with no support for essentials like toiletries and baby milk.

Following the suspension in asylum evictions due to the coronavirus crisis, the Home Office had to source additional accommodation. Home Office contractors across the UK procured 33 hotels for people awaiting resolutions on their asylum claims.

However, charities across the country have raised concern over the deterioration in the mental health and well-being of the hundreds of people who are housed in these 33 hotels.

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In a report, a wheelchair-bound asylum seeker living in a hotel in Coventry said: “I thought it was just a temporary arrangement. But it seems it is indefinite. There’s no timeframe.

“When you’re kept in a hotel for a long time, subjected to the kind of food you want them to eat, at only certain times, you become more or less dehumanised, because you don’t have any choice. Life revolves around being in the hotel,” he said.

On Wednesday, the Home Office acknowledged that there may be problems around leaving people without any financial assistance for three months. The second permanent secretary told the MPs that the immigration minister was “looking at” the issue. The three contractors, Mears, Serco and Clearsprings have all raised concern over the cuts to asylum support.

The head of asylum at Refugee Action, Tim Naor Hilton, said the charity knew several pregnant women, including one who gave birth recently and went back to the hotel, but can`t afford to buy formula or nappies for the newborn baby.

“She’s in the hotel with a new baby with no cash support, relying on these meals for nutrition, when she’s just been discharged from hospital,” he said.

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Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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