Asylum seekers describe being dropped in London with out lodging or cash

Asylum seekers describe being dropped in London with out lodging or cash


sylum seekers have described how they had been taken from a processing centre in Kent and left in central London with out lodging, acceptable clothes or cash.

A younger man from Afghanistan instructed The Guardian he was amongst a bunch of 11 folks dropped on the road exterior Victoria Station on Tuesday night.

He instructed the paper he requested a bus driver, who had picked the group up from the overcrowded Manston immigration holding centre then dropped them off within the capital, the place they need to go.

They requested me if I had any pals or household and I replied I had nobody in England

“I believed there was going to be a lodge for us. He stated: ‘Go anyplace you need to go, it’s not my duty,’” stated the person, who wished to stay nameless.

“I instructed the motive force I don’t have any tackle or any relations. He stated: ‘I can’t do something for you.’”

The person stated he had instructed Dwelling Workplace employees throughout an earlier interview that he had no relations or acquaintances within the nation.

“They requested me if I had any pals or household and I replied I had nobody in England,” he stated.

A second asylum seeker, additionally from Afghanistan and talking on situation of anonymity, instructed the paper he was amongst a bunch of 15 folks taken from Manston on a bus and dropped in central London on Saturday night.

“I used to be shocked to be left with out assist. I used to be chilly. I used to be hungry and I used to be questioning type it out,” he stated, including that the group had deliberate to spend the night time in Victoria coach station.

The 20-year-old ex-police officer, who labored with worldwide forces in his dwelling nation earlier than fleeing when his mother and father had been killed by the Taliban in 2021, was later capable of get a bystander to assist him contact a pal whose flooring he was capable of sleep on.

A Dwelling Workplace spokesperson stated: “The Dwelling Secretary has taken pressing selections to alleviate points at Manston utilizing all of the authorized powers out there and sourcing various lodging.

“The welfare of these in our care is of the utmost significance and asylum seekers are solely launched from Manston once they have assured us that they’ve lodging to go to – to recommend in any other case is incorrect and deceptive.”

The Dwelling Secretary toured immigration centres on Thursday whereas battling to grip the migrant disaster amid threats of authorized motion, sexual assault allegations at a lodge housing asylum seekers and worldwide criticism of her use of language.

Suella Braverman, who was reinstated to her ministerial submit simply over per week in the past, met Border Drive groups in Dover to debate Channel crossings operations earlier than visiting the scandal-hit Manston processing centre to listen to updates from employees.

She has come beneath mounting political strain over the unlawful circumstances on the web site close to Ramsgate, the place at one level as many as 4,000 folks had been being detained for weeks in a web site meant to carry 1,600 for a matter of days.

Downing Road stated the quantity has since decreased to 2,700, after greater than 1,000 had been moved in the previous couple of days, and that the Prime Minister was receiving twice each day updates on the scenario.

The Dwelling Secretary shied away from the media as she visited Dover’s Western Jet Foil web site – the scene of a petroleum bomb assault on Sunday – amid considerations of rising far-right exercise fuelled by the failure to manage the variety of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) stated it was “shocked however not shocked” by revelations the petrol bomber was motivated by hatred of Muslims.

“Far-right extremism within the UK presents a transparent and current hazard to our nation,” MCB stated in an announcement.

“It prospers because of a prevailing narrative that normalises hostility to sure minorities, significantly Muslims, asylum seekers and refugees and permits disinformation to fester.

“In the previous couple of days, divisive ideologues, right-wing media commentators and sure politicians have referred to as us to focus much less on the far-right risk.

“They have to be held to account, whereas extra must be accomplished to fight the rise of far-right extremism, which is at the moment rising at an exponential fee.”

The group famous Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes stated earlier this 12 months that 41% of counter-terrorism arrests in 2021 had been of far-right suspects.

MCB stated: “Successive dwelling secretaries have additionally failed to know the extent of the intense far-right downside.

“Our Authorities should rectify its personal coverage agenda on migrants which has solely additional marginalised migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.”

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