Glasgow MSP Humza Yousaf will today raise the threat of homelessness faced by up to 100 asylum seekers in Glasgow in a debate in the Scottish Parliament.
The individuals concerned have had their appeals for asylum rejected by the UK Government, but they are unable to return to their country of origin as they are deemed unsafe conflict zones. The policy of the UK Government is that failed asylum seekers lose their right to accommodation and other support after 21 days.
Currently, accommodation for asylum seekers in Glasgow is provided by Y People, who allow failed asylum seekers to stay in their properties for longer than the prescribed 21 days. However Y People have lost the contract for accommodation provision, and up to 100 asylum seekers have been served with a notice of eviction and face homelessness.
Commenting, Humza Yousaf said: "Instead of punishing such vulnerable individuals, help and support should be given to protect those at-risk individuals from homelessness and real poverty.
"Many of these residents come from oppressive regimes, such as Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Eritrea. Forcing them to return to unsettled conflict zones would be an injustice.
"The support and compassion shown by Y People should be commended, as should the generous donations made by the Fire Brigades Union Scotland to enable the families to remain housed in the short term.
"However, the limbo that these asylum seekers find themselves in is concerning, and it is vital that a solution is found as soon as possible to keep a roof over their heads.
"In 21st Century Scotland we will be judged by how we treat our most vulnerable; we must not fall at this vital hurdle.