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Refugees are in a legal limbo

by Margaret Woods
Issue No. 2354

Campaigners have fought to stop destitution for refugees

Campaigners have fought to stop destitution for refugees (Pic: Margaret Woods)

A court decision in Glasgow allows refused asylum seekers to be left homeless and destitute in a legal limbo.

In a test case one such refugee challenged eviction by the charity Ypeople, which had been responsible for housing asylum seekers in the city. On Friday of last week the court found in favour of Ypeople.

The charity claimed that its  contract did not mean that it represents the Home Office. 

So the eviction was a private act not covered by human rights laws. It has now lost the contract and therefore says it no longer has any responsibility.

Campaigners were angry at the judgement. 

Thousands of refugees across Britain have been refused asylum yet cannot return home safely—leaving them destitute and in legal limbo. 

The lawyers hope to legally challenge the ruling. Refugees and campaigners in Glasgow have vowed to fight on.

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