盧頓區議會表示將對尋求庇護者採取法律行動

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盧頓區議會表示將對尋求庇護者採取法律行動

在西蒙斯女士發表的一份聲明中,她說。"我們對內政部最近幾周在沒有任何預先警告的情況下安置在盧頓的大量尋求庇護者的安全和福利深表關切。

她說,"盧頓一直是,並將永遠是一個充滿愛心和同情心的城市",它是許多逃離 "世界各地的衝突、災難、歧視和危險戰區 "的人的家。

"她說:"然而,非常清楚的是,這種同情心正在被濫用,因為與全國其他地方相比,內政部在盧頓安置的尋求庇護者的數量高得不成比例。

"盧頓僅占英格蘭東部人口的3%以上,但目前卻收容了該地區酒店中24%的尋求庇護者。這還不包括我們已經在其他形式的住宿中收容的難民和尋求庇護者。

"這對這些脆弱的人來說是完全不公平的,他們被安置在這裡,沒有得到什麼支持,然後被告知要依靠當地的服務,而這些服務在多年的緊縮政策、大流行病和目前的生活費用危機之後幾乎處於崩潰狀態。

"內政部未能作出回應,使我們除了採取法律行動外,沒有任何現實的選擇來捍衛尋求庇護者和我們社區的福利和權利。"

盧頓區議會被要求澄清最近幾周有多少尋求庇護者被安置在該鎮,以及它是否向法院提出了任何法律行動。

關於被安置在北安普敦郡的尋求庇護者,內政部之前告訴BBC。"我們正在處理空前增加的庇護案件,但儘管如此,我們繼續確保所提供的住宿是安全的,有保障的,不會讓任何人陷入貧困。"


In a statement released by Ms Simmons, she said: "We are deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of a large number of asylum seekers that the Home Office has placed in Luton in recent weeks without any advance warning.

She said "Luton has been, and will always be, a caring and compassionate town", with it being home to many people who have fled "conflict, disaster, discrimination and dangerous war zones across the world".

"However, it is abundantly clear that this compassion is being abused as there is a disproportionately high number of asylum seekers being placed by the Home Office in Luton compared to other places across the country," she said.

"Luton represents just over 3% of the East of England population yet is currently hosting 24% of asylum seekers placed in hotels in the region. This does not include refugees and asylum seekers we are already hosting in other forms of accommodation.

"It is completely unfair on these vulnerable individuals who are placed here with little support and then told to rely on local services that are almost at breaking point following years of austerity, the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis.

"The failure of the Home Office to respond leaves us with no realistic option to defend the welfare and rights of both asylum seekers and our community other than legal action."

Luton Borough Council has been asked to clarify how many asylum seekers have been placed in the town in recent weeks and whether it has lodged any legal action with the courts.

Regarding asylum seekers being placed in Northamptonshire, the Home Office previously told the BBC: "We are dealing with an unprecedented increase in asylum cases, but despite this we continue to ensure that the accommodation provided is safe, secure and leaves no-one destitute."

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