UK Home Office Urged: Treat Asylum Seekers as Human Beings

In its new report,The Extent and Impact of Asylum Accommodation Problems in Scotland the Scottish Refugee Council has lambasted the UK Home Office over the conditions suffered by asylum seekers housed under the government’s COMPASS contract (currently run by SERCO). the report arises from the SRC’s work which includes providing advice and advocacy to those in Scotland who are claiming asylum.The report identifies amongst other things, problems with the physical condition of accommodation and amenities and insufficient facilitation of the making of complaints and identification of unsatisfactory conditions.

SERCO has had the contract for 2 1/2 years so it cannot be said that these problems are transitional or inherited.

The SRC appeals to the Home Office to be more responsive to issues when they are raised, and to treat asylum-seekers as Human Beings and provide housing that genuinely supports their needs.