Inquiry call over treatment and substandard accommodation of Glasgow asylum seekers

The Scottish Refugee Council has asked the Government to launch an investigation into allegations about the way asylum seekers are treated and housed in Glasgow.

The call came after The Times reported allegations of dehumanising treatment of refugees and shockingly poor standards of accommodation.

asylumCurrently, the Home Office outsources the contract for asylum accommodation in Glasgow to multinational services company Serco and its sub-contractor, the property management firm Orchard & Shipman.

John Wilkes, Chief Executive of Scottish Refugee Council, said: “These latest allegations follow recent concerning practices in Home Office contracted asylum accommodation such as the ‘red doors’ scandal in Middlesborough and asylum seekers required to wear coloured wristbands in Cardiff.

“A report on asylum seeker accommodation carried out in 2014 by Scottish Refugee Council highlighted many similar issues. If the latest allegations are upheld, the problems seem to have only got worse, particularly the alleged discriminatory and neglectful conduct within Orchard and Shipman.”

The Scottish Refugee Council has therefore asked the Home Office to commission an independent investigation into these allegations, adding that the investigation may include inquiries into whether any criminal offences have been committed.

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