Asylum seeker made calls for help before Glasgow attack
Badreddin Abadlla Adam, a 28-year-old asylum seeker from Sudan was shot dead by police in June 2020 after he stabbed 6 people at a hotel in Glasgow.
Mr Adam was one of hundreds of asylum seekers who were moved into hotels in the city at the start of lockdown.
According to an internal Home Office evaluation that was leaked to the BBC he had made 72 calls to the Home Office, housing and social care provider Mears, and charity Migrant Help, about his health and accommodation prior to the attack
What did the report find
As well as revealing that Adam had made 72 calls for help prior to the attack, the report also found that he had complained to staff at the Park Inn Hotel and that he was in touch with the Home Office in regard to an assisted voluntary return to his home country.
The evaluation concluded that Adam’s repeated calls for help “should have acted as a warning”.
The review also reportedly made several recommendations, these including creating a system to identify patterns of contact that may cause concern and ensuring that staff in hotels housing asylum seekers are given mental health awareness and de-escalation training.
In response to the report, Dylan Fotoohi, co-founder and director of Refugees for Justice, said:
“The content of the report, the sort of recommendations that it makes, are so far away from the reality on the ground…It has not done justice to the experience of asylum seekers who have been subject to that system.”
Use of hotels as temporary accommodation for asylum seekers during COVID-19
Badreddin Abadlla Adam was just one of many asylum seekers who were housed in hotels during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision that has seen wide criticism from human rights activists and organisations.
A report looking into the use of hotels as temporary accommodation for asylum seekers during the pandemic, carried out by academics at Edinburgh Napier University, found that conditions in hotels were comparable to detention centres with accommodation often being sub-standard and unsafe.
Sabir Zazai, chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, remains concerned about the continued use of hotels as accommodation for asylum seekers, she said:
“We are almost two years on and the Home Office’s Covid response measures are continuing to house asylum seekers in hotel accommodation across Scotland and the UK at a cost of £4.7m a day (which includes Afghan bridging hotels)…As this incident shows, being placed in hotel accommodation with very limited funds and no control over your life for long periods can have devastating consequences for the health and wellbeing of people who are only looking to rebuild their lives in safety.”
Thousands of asylum seekers are still being housed in hotels and in September 2021 a distressed asylum seeker climbed on to the roof of the Crowne Plaza Hotel close to Heathrow and threatened to jump.
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