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8,000 Afghan refugees in the UK set to be homeless in August

MP’s convened last week at Downing Street to discuss the migrant crisis after the government was informed of roughly 8,000 Afghan refugees living in the UK are set to be evicted from temporary housing this Summer.

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About 8,000 Afghan refugees, who were admitted to the United Kingdom in 2021 under the banner of Operation Warm Welcome, were informed by council officials to No. 10 and Home Office civil workers that they are scheduled to be evicted from their accommodation in hotels as early as August due to a government deadline.

Rishi Sunak stated last Monday that the government has acquired two more enormous barges to house roughly 1,000 people in order to decrease the number of asylum seekers living in hotels, which is said to cost £6 million per day.

Experts warn that the viability of the government’s measure to regulate illegal immigration may be threatened as challenges for the administration continue to mount.

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If the measure is passed in its current form, the UK would violate its obligations under international human rights law, according to the joint committee on human rights’ report. These shortcomings include limiting human rights claims severely, denying refugees access to the asylum system, refusing to protect modern-day slaves, and abolishing the appeals process after age evaluations.

Following the abandonment of the plan to lodge up to 1,500 asylum seekers at the Linton-on-Ouse facility in April 2022 because of fierce resistance and threats of legal action from the local council, MPs accused ministers of wasting tax payers’ money.

The Home Office paid contractor Serco at least £1.5 million to transform a substandard’ former military installation into an empty asylum-seeker receiving facility. The sum, which was made public to major news organisations after a year-long battle for records access, might only represent a small percentage of the entire outlay.

An estimate by the Refugee Council suggests that over 190,000 people might be jailed or forced into poverty over the first three years of the bill’s implementation. However, because capacity has already been much exceeded, it is still unknown where such large numbers could be contained.

The Home Office asserts that the government is committed to ending the expensive practise of putting asylum seekers in hotels, which is why they continuously search for new alternative places and renovated barges that are less expensive and simpler for communities to manage. Taxpayers have a right to expect that the government will find less expensive options as the asylum system presently costs them more than £3 billion annually.

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