Newly recognised refugees are experiencing homelessness and destitution after their entitlement to Government support ends, a new survey has found.
Refugees who have arrived in the UK independently, rather than through formal resettlement schemes such as the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, only receive 28 days of support from the Government after they are granted refugee status.
The study, which was published by the Refugee Council, has revealed that many struggle to get by once this support ends. Its findings include:
- 31 out of the 54 respondents slept rough or in a hostel after being granted refugee status.
- None of them had managed to find secure accommodation by the time they were required to move out of asylum support accommodation.
- Many were reliant on foodbanks, charities or friends and family as they hadn’t been able to find employment.
“The findings of this survey add to a growing body of evidence that shows that many newly recognised refugees become homeless and destitute at the point when our Government has committed to protect them,” commented the Refugee Council’s Director of Advocacy, Lisa Doyle.
"Instead of this being a time of relief and happiness for refugees, quite often the opposite is true as they find themselves without anywhere to live and relying on the charity of others to survive,” she added. "The Government must not turn its back on the very people it has decided need its protection and must urgently review the current system to ensure that refugees are not left unsupported.”
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