Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Campaign highlights dangers of moving to UK

A charity working with homeless people has launched a government-backed campaign to highlight the risks economic migrants face when they move to the UK.

The Passage’s Before you go campaign is based around a film showing examples of cases where people have moved to the UK without adequate preparation and have ended up on the streets.

Mick Clarke, chief executive of The Passage, said: ‘Many people end up on the street very quickly after arriving, and are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. The Passage puts a huge amount of time and effort into working with people on the streets in crisis; however prevention is always better than cure.’

The film is intended to give three core messages: have work secured before travelling to the UK, have somewhere to stay, and have a back-up plan and at least £600 in case things go wrong.

The government is supporting the campaign, and housing minister Mark Prisk said: ‘Sadly too many rough sleepers are foreign nationals who arrived in the UK without realistic prospects and as a result ended up with a life on the streets.

‘That is something no-one should have to face and The Passage’s Before you go campaign is about making sure people considering coming to Britain understand the risks if they are unable to support themselves.’

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