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Conservative members of a Holyrood committee have "dissented" from an official report which claims "destitution is built into the UK asylum process". The Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee investigated asylum and destitution, where people are left without adequate accommodation or the ability to meet essential living needs. Committee…
Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
More than 60,000 lone children applied for asylum in EU countries last year, new figures show. The bloc's member states registered a total of 63,290 unaccompanied minors seeking international protection in 2016 - equivalent to 173 every day. This was a fall of a third compared with the 96,465 in…
Thousands of refugees in the UK run the risk of homelessness and destitution due to a lack of support from the Government, a cross-party report has found. People granted refugee status after going through the asylum process receive less support than refugees brought to the UK through Government-led resettlement schemes,…
An investigation has been launched into the death of a man held at an immigration removal centre. The 43-year-old man, who has not been identified, had been detained at The Verne in Portland, Dorset. He died at the centre on Sunday. A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that…
An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
Four men have been held at an immigration removal centre for more than two years as it emerged the average length of detention there has increased, inspectors found. A report revealed detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre near Gatwick Airport had seen their average length of detention increase from…
The Government must address a "big gap" between its position on the Dubs child refugee scheme and evidence submitted by local councils and campaigners, MPs say. Ministers faced a storm of criticism earlier this year after announcing that the programme would close after 350 lone youngsters are brought to Britain…
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