Report: England’s ‘Forgotten refugees’ face hunger and homelessness

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Welcome.pptx_ The Refugee Council has uncovered a chaotic system which leaves newly recognised refugees virtually abandoned by the Government which has committed to protecting them.

The Refugee Council’s new research report found:

  • When their asylum claim is granted, refugees are given just 4 weeks to secure an income and somewhere to live before the Government evicts them from their asylum accommodation
  • Newly granted refugees can apply for a one-off loan to help with integration, but Government admits it has ‘no target’ for processing these loans – though it ‘aspires’ to do so in 6 weeks – 2 weeks longer than refugees have before eviction.
  • This results in many refugees becoming homeless and destitute. 81 of 100 of the new refugees surveyed by the Refugee Council were homeless or about to be when they came to the charity.
  • The Refugee Council estimates that these problems could have affected 9,768 refugees last year…

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