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For London immigrants, destination is beginning of harrowing journey

The advice they get is costly, often worthless 22nd December 2010: For the immigrants, the destination is often the beginning of an unending journey through harrowing experience.
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In search of greener pastures, they come all the way to London. But the City turns out to be much different from their dreamland. In fact, the immigrants themselves relegated to the position of victims of a heartless and costly scam.

Advice is hard to come by. And, when it does, it is costly and often even worthless — at least this is what special investigation carried out by ‘London Tonight’ reveals.

Giving details of the investigation into the immigration scam, ‘London Tonight’ says the immigrants come to London in search of a better life. But instead – they find themselves the victims of a heartless and costly scam.

It adds that the special investigation into the racket that preys on migrant workers here in the Capital also reveals desperate to stay, the immigrants turn to immigration advisers for help with their visa applications. But the advice, while costly, is often worthless.

The special investigation comes soon after CNN found the harsh realities about the lives of asylum seekers in Birmingham. Its investigation revealed young women dodging freezing cold by sleeping in stairwells of flats or in public parks; asylum seeker women being exploited by men; and apprehensions of safety among men sleeping in the open.
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Peter Wilkinson, CNN, in its report `Birmingham’s makeover fails to reach migrant neighborhoods’, said he was sent me to Birmingham to meet some of the vulnerable people living without money, shelter or support.

Wilkinson said he came away shocked to see young women sleeping in stairwells of blocks of flats or in public parks, especially in freezing conditions. A Zimbabwean asylum seeker he met in Birmingham said she was being exploited by men with whom she was forced to live.

A young Somalian man said he had to sleep in a park, but feared for his safety. Talking to the locals made it clear to the CNN that there was much hostility towards incomers, and little sympathy for asylum seekers in city of immigrants.

The report went on to say anti-immigrant sentiments are growing, as austerity measures bite across the rest of Europe; and the tensions show no sign of easing with Europe facing greater pressures from both inside and outside its borders to take more immigrants.

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