News 2021

24 December 2021

MP’s shock at living conditions for asylum seekers

AN MP has met with representatives of more than 50 refugees in a Scottish hotel amid reports about conditions inside the premises and allegedly degrading treatment by Home Office accommodation contractor Mears Group.

20 December 2021

Shocking new reports about the treatment of asylum seekers in hotels by Home Office Accommodation Contractors

The Home Office policy of using hotels across the U.K. to shift asylum seekers about appears no longer to be an emergency measure. It is the new post-Covid normal. It includes dumping around one hundred people at a time in Scottish towns and cities, including Aberdeen, Perth and Falkirk. There is zero consultation with local authorities. There is no infrastructure of support for asylum seekers.

12 December 2021

‘First They Came’: The Poem of Protest

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

9 December 2021

Asylum seekers forced to Self Isolate in Falkirk Hotel

The Home Office accommodation contractor Mears has forced 54 asylum seekers, from countries including Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen, to self isolate after one man tested positive for Covid 19. According to the residents, all asylum seekers (including those who are fully vaccinated with no symptoms) have been forced…

7 December 2021

Oppose the Racist Anti Refugee Bill

Three Chief Executives from refugee and immigrant backgrounds, L to R, Robina Qureshi and Jelina Berlow-Rahman have come together to lead the charge in opposing Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Racist AntiRefugee Bill. Join them. 

3 December 2021

26th Impact Report 2020/21

Positive in Housing’s 26th Annual Impact Report was launched today.

3 December 2021

Open Letter to Boris Johnson – Channel Crossing Deaths

December 2021 The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister and Minister for the Union Cc: The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office Department Dear Prime Minister, Channel Crossings Deaths We are writing as representatives of civil society, refugee and homelessness organisations, lawyers, social housing…

26 November 2021

If an Australian or a Canadian can book a flight, why couldn’t Mariam?

A Newly wed bride was amongst the drowned in the English Channel Tragedy.

24 November 2021

Statement in response to the drowning of 27 refugees in the English Channel

Letting refugees drown is tantamount to collateral murder by governments that should know by heart the lessons of the Second World War.

17 November 2021

Statement in response to Home Secretary’s comments about refugees

Responding to Home Secretary Priti Patel’s comments on the UK’s asylum system following the terrorist incident in Liverpool on Sunday, where she stated that Emad Al Swealmeen was able to exploit the country’s ‘broken’ asylum system, describing it as a ‘merry-go-round’ with a ‘whole industry’ supporting people who are intent on causing harm, Robina Qureshi, Director of Positive Action in Housing, a refugee and migrant homelessness and human rights charity said:

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