Nearly 600 families in Glasgow told they could be moved
17th November 2010: The UK Border Agency’s possible move to shift nearly 600 families in Glasgow following the termination of a 10-year contract with Glasgow City Council to provide housing to asylum seekers is being met with protest.
Nearly a week after approximately 600 families in Glasgow were told they could be moved by the UKBA following the termination the contract, a massive protest was staged.
In fact, several hundred asylum seekers and their supporters demonstrated in the centre of Glasgow.
The contract was terminated after both sides failed to reach agreement over the costs involved.
According to an estimate, anywhere between 120 and 300 protesters gathered outside the City Chambers in George Square to protest against the move.
Reacting to the development, director of Positive Action in Housing Robina Qureshi said: for the UKBA to press ahead with mass removal is utterly shameful. The irony is that even if the families are moved out, the council services will still be needed by these families, greater strain will be placed on our social services, homelessness services and the health service. So with or without a contract, the council will be forced to cough up.
On the other hand, Phil Taylor of the UK Border Agency said they were hopeful that the majority of the asylum seekers affected by this change of contract would remain in their current accommodation. If a move to new accommodation was required, they would aim to give at least 14 days’ notice, where possible, and the costs of the move would fall to the new accommodation provider.
Meanwhile, a demonstration is being organised by the Campaign to Close Campsfield. It
Is scheduled to be held on Saturday 27 November 2010, between 12noon and 2pm at Campsfield Main Gates, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 1RE.
The demonstration will coincide with the commemoration of opening of Campsfield immigration removal centre 17 years ago.
The speakers include former detainees, trade unionists, and students. The participants have been asked to bring music, banners, and messages of support. It