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Keeping Communities Together

The insistence of the Home Office in including a 19\% private element in the housing arrangements for asylum-seekers in Glasgow is causing great distress and disruption for asylum-seeker families.

Approximately 300 families have to change to a private landlord and for most, this will mean leaving the homes they have occupied for up to five years. Rather than being found accommodation in their own area, most families are being told they must move or have their financial support cut off. They are to be separated from their local support networks and their children moved from schools in which they are happy. Their communities will lose the friendship and integrated neighbourliness many local people have worked so hard to achieve.

Roughly half the families are being dispersed about the city by the Angel group and the other half are being sent to the YMCA's tower block hostel in the Red Road in Springburn. While the working class people of Glasgow strive to support their new friends and neighbours, the Young Men's Christian Association is intent on establishing an asylum-seeker ghetto in one tower block. In spite of being invited to state reasons why this accommodation is unsuitable, the first of these families has already been refused by the Home Office and told that they must move to the YMCA in Red Road.

The buildings that most of these families live in are due for demolition at some time in the future but none of them for at least two years. There need be no hurry to move these families and there are alternative empty houses in their areas.

We call upon the Home Office, Glasgow City Council, the Angel group and the YMCA to treat our asylum-seeker friends and neighbours with respect and dignity, to take due regard of their rights and needs and, where they choose, to delay their moving home and seek alternative accommodation for them in the neighbourhoods where they are established.

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Home Office NASS, YMCA, Glasgow City Council, and the Angel group

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