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Asylum Seeker Rise In Scotland To Drop By 50 Per Cent Due To Accommodation Shortage

Scotland is expected to take in 2,000 fewer asylum seekers than initially proposed due to a shortage of accommodation.

The new scheme will also see fewer councils involved in decentralized schemes.

Green MSP ross grier Said: “The recent failures of the notorious UK Home Office are no surprise. The department has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not care about the impact of its brutal ‘hostile environment’ on the vulnerable asylum seeker

In Scotland, only a handful of councils receive asylum seekers, with Glasgow receiving the most by far.

Evacuation planning is being undertaken by the Home Office, which has contracted private company Mears to provide accommodation.

Almost every council will be part of a plan to allocate an extra 4,000 beds under the new “whole of Scotland” approach.

But a document from COSLA, the council’s umbrella group, suggests the scheme could be significantly scaled back.

While COSLA’s approach is based on the participation of all 32 committees, the paper said Mears’ proposal involved only 15 committees.

“This clearly creates an unbalanced situation and a clear departure from the principle of proportionality at the core of the COSLA approach.”

It added: “Mills said that providing an additional c. 4000 beds could not be achieved within the time frame set by the Home Office and c. 2000 was a more realistic target.

“They also indicated that moving to a 32-committee model at short notice was not operationally feasible or desirable and they wanted to focus on a smaller number of committee areas.”

“Companies like Mears shouldn’t profit from the misery at the heart of the system,” Greer said. “This approach to privatization is not only deeply unethical, it’s impractical and adds to problems and complexity rather than solving them.” .

“The people affected by these failures are human beings. They have lived through hopeless situations and circumstances. They deserve better than the failures of Mills and the UK government.

“The Home Office has lost its credibility. It is long overdue for its final abolition and reassignment of its responsibilities to other departments that can function more humanely and competently.”

Efforts scattered across the country aim to end the UK government’s over-reliance on unsuitable temporary accommodation, such as hotels, to house asylum applicants.

There has been a huge increase in the number of people crossing the English Channel by small boat, bringing the total number of applicants for hotels to 37,000.

The policy also aims to ensure a “fair share” of applicants in devolved countries and each English-speaking region.

Mills turned over the records to the Interior Department.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The Scottish Government supports the expansion of asylum decentralization but believes that local authority involvement should be voluntary.

“We expect the Home Office to work closely with local authorities and COSLA. The Home Office needs to improve partnerships, data and information sharing to support an effective asylum system and must be involved in any plans to expand decentralization.”

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