Charities ‘picking up pieces’ for refugees
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.