Locks allegedly changed to remove asylum seekers from their homes

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Locks may have been changed to remove asylum seekers in Glasgow from their homes, emails obtained by the BBC show.

A former employee of Orchard and Shipman (O&S), which provides housing to asylum seekers in Scotland, told the BBC the company has failed to follow agreed eviction procedures, which could leave some people homeless.

Door lockThe emails obtained by BBC Scotland suggest that O&S staff were provided with lists of properties that needed to be cleared of “overstayers” by certain dates.

Scotland hosts asylum seekers from all over the world including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Eritrea. Most of them have fled war, torture or persecution.

Shafiq Mohammed, an ex-Orchard & Shipman employee, told the BBC lock changes can leave “extremely vulnerable” asylum seekers destitute and homeless.

Mr Mohammed said the changing of locks could mean a “person will be literally out on the street”. He added: “They want to have that flat cleared, so they can move that next paying customer in.”

Politicians and the Scottish Refugee Council have 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.

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