Serco’s plans to evict 300 asylum seekers onto the streets of Glasgow

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Refugee homelessness charity, Positive Action in Housing, has condemned plans by Rupert Soames’ Serco group to evict 300 asylum seeker families and lone men and women, many of whom are fleeing war or persecution in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, onto the streets of Glasgow. Robina Qureshi, Director of Positive Action in Housing, said: “I have […]

Day 9: A better day for Syrian Refugee, Shabaz

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Shabaz’s mother remains in Syria caring for elderly relatives and doesn’t know what has happened to her son as her husband can’t bring himself to tell her. But, he says, she knows something is wrong. The guilt of what happened to their son weighs heavily on him. As he himself says, “We ran from death in syria. We came to Scotland to live, not to die”. Many members of their family are fragmented all over the world because of this refugee crisis, enduring suffering still. There is no normal, no standard of living to achieve, there is just getting to the point of being treated with basic human dignity seems to be a feat of itself. In a way, they are a symbol of what’s happening in Syria.

Bunmi

A 43 year old care home worker and single mother is about to lose her job and home because of the hostile environment

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May 3rd 2018 update – Good news – after some social media coverage, the home Office has agreed to let Bunmi work for six months while they look at her case. she has two chidlren born and bred here, one of whom has a British citizenship, the fairest thing would surely be to grant indefinite leave […]

London

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Room for Refugees (London) “Airbnb for Refugees” Mohammed Reproduced from The Guardian newspaper’s photo-essay of the Room for Refugees programme See YouTube video of Mohammed at Joanne’s home Mohammed, 35, from Palestine. Living with Joanne MacInnes, an actor and activist, in west London, and on weekends her daughters Malila, 12, and Eve, 14 “We play […]

The kindness of strangers: the challenges and rewards of opening your home to refugees by Alison Phipps

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By Alison Phipps IN my arms is a three-week-old baby. Her mother, who is from sub-Saharan Africa, has been evicted from the temporary London accommodation where she’d been placed after receiving refugee status, as she was found to have a well-founded fear of persecution. And now, mother and baby have come to stay in my […]

When I opened my home to refugees

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Professor Alison Phipps writes about her and her husband Robert’s experience of hosting refugees through Positive Action in Housing’s Room for Refugees Programme and its predecessor, which was simply called “accommodation project” … IN my arms is a three-week-old baby. Her mother, who is from sub-Saharan Africa, has been evicted from the temporary London accommodation […]

Positive Action in Housing Welcomes Destitution Report

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26 May 2017 Positive Action in Housing has welcomed Holyrood’s Equality and Human Rights Committee’s report on destitution. The Committee’s report recognises the huge challenges facing people seeking safety here, and states that “destitution is built into the asylum process”. The Scottish Parliament Committee found that insecure immigration status – as experienced by people in the […]