Char­i­ties ‘pick­ing up pieces’ for refugees

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS POLITICS -

Char­i­ties and faith groups are “pick­ing up the pieces” for refugees and asy­lum seek­ers left des­ti­tute in Scot­land, MSPs have been told.

Holy­rood’s equal­i­ties and hu­man rights com­mit­tee heard claims the Home Of­fice was “prof­i­teer­ing” from des­per­ate peo­ple.

The com­mit­tee took ev­i­dence on the back of its 2017 re­port into des­ti­tu­tion among those with in­se­cure im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus in Scot­land. MSPs heard “har­row­ing” de­tails of cases in­clud­ing a mother and baby who re­ceived only £25 over the course of eight months, and a six-year-old girl who had spent her en­tire life in B&B ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Robina Qureshi, direc­tor of Pos­i­tive Ac­tion in Hous­ing, said they were deal­ing with “very des­per­ate” peo­ple.

They in­cluded one client who had been on the verge of throw­ing her­self and her chil­dren into a river be­fore re­ceiv­ing help.

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