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Birmingham's Tory council leads new attack on asylum seekers

Issue No. 2223

At the same time as attacking the workforce, Birmingham’s Tory housing chief is throwing the city’s asylum seekers out of their homes—to make room for “our people”.

Councillor John Lines is tearing up a contract with the UK Border Agency that allocates 190 homes in the city to asylum seekers who are awaiting the outcome of their cases.

Lines said, “We must help the citizens of this city first and foremost… we really need all our properties for our people.”

But some of the asylum seekers have lived in the city for as long as eight to ten years.

Lines’ plan is nothing but scapegoating.

It is a shabby attempt to divert attention away from the real issues.

After all, the 190 homes won’t go far—Birmingham has 30,000 people on its housing waiting list.

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Tue 12 Oct 2010, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2223
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