Y People tells failed asylum seekers to leave after UKBA contract ends
Charity makes 100 homeless
Around 100 failed asylum seekers in Glasgow are being made homeless after the organisation housing them lost its contract with the UK Border Agency.
The UKBA last month terminated its £11 million contract with Y People to house asylum seekers. The charity had also spent £500,000 of its own money housing failed asylum seekers while the Home Office completed the paperwork to send them home - even though this was not part of the contract.
The contract transfers to Serco in November but Serco said it was not obligated to house failed asylum seekers.
Y People has informed the individuals that they must leave their homes in the Red Road area of Glasgow by July. But charities Positive Action in Housing and the Scottish Refugee Council, said they had nowhere else to go.
Robina Qureshi, chief executive of PAIH, said the charity had been approached by individals whose electricity had been cut off by Y People.
Joe Connolly, chief executive of Y People, said the loss of funding from the UKBA would impact on the charity’s work aross the board: ‘[While we held the contract] we have maintained a policy of no evictions in order to support vulnerable individuals whose applications for asylum have been rejected by UKBA. However, with the contract now due to transfer to Serco, we are no longer able to continue to provide this support for people.’
John Wilkes, chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, said people had been left in limbo. ‘They cannot go home - either because it is not safe or because it cannot be arranged, due to lack of co-operation from the governments of their countries of origin.’
Asylum seekers who have had their requests turned down cannot access welfare benefits, emergency housing or work.
A UK Border Agency spokesperson said: ‘None facing eviction need face destitution if they comply with the law and the decisions of our courts and go home.’