Home Office faces legal challenge over move to force Scots asylum seekers to travel 220 miles for appeals

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The UK government is facing a legal challenge to strict new rules which will force impoverished asylum seekers in Scotland to travel to Liverpool for appointments with immigration officials from tomorrow. Lawyers are working with a charity which represents penniless refugees to build a case against the change, revealed in last week’s Sunday Herald. Most asylum seekers are not permitted to work in the UK and survive on food stamps. The new system will apply to refugees who have had their initial application rejected and all financial support withdrawn. In a letter sent to stakeholders only a fortnight ago, UK Visas and Immigration CEO Mike Wells, said: “From 26th January 2015 we will require all failed asylum seekers wishing to submit further submissions to make an appointment to do so, in person, in Liverpool.” The decision has been criticised by Scottish Government Communities Secretary Alex Neil, who has written to Home Secretary Theresa May to urge her to reconsider, and charities which offer support to refugees who arrive in the UK after fleeing persecution.

Destitute Refugee Attacked on the Streets of Glasgow

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As we wrote this, a quiet, gently spoken young Iranian ‘asylum seeker’, Ali Mohammed Sadegh, was asleep in the back of our office…We would not normally allow this but then this is not a normal situation. On Friday 16th April at 11.30 pm, Ali was viciously beaten and stabbed by a group of 6 white men in what we believe was a racially motivated crime…Ali has been absolutely destitute for seven months.