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Glasgow City Council, Refugees Are Welcome Here

That the Parliament expresses its support for Glasgow City Council in its setting up of a taskforce in a bid to assist 300 asylum seekers facing eviction from accommodation provided under the UK Government’s Compass contract; acknowledges that Glasgow has always been, and continues to be, a willing and active partner in the UK’s asylum dispersal scheme; understands that, despite having one of the largest populations of asylum seekers in the UK, supporting 10% of the UK asylum population, Glasgow receives no funding from the UK Government’s dispersal programme; welcomes the Scottish Government’s condemnation of this policy and its calls for the UK Government to end the system of asylum accommodation contracts in the private sector currently being tendered, and to provide funding direct to local authorities for accommodation and advice for asylum seekers; understands that, as housing is provided to asylum seekers under reserved immigration legislation, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government are legally prevented from directly housing failed asylum seekers; states its solidarity with the hundreds of demonstrators who protested in Glasgow against these plans and considers that this was a reflection of the widespread opposition from local residents to this policy; supports the third sector and communities in assisting asylum seekers, and accepts that Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 provides protection for an individual's home, prevents public authorities inhibiting individuals from entering or living in their home and provides the right for individuals to enjoy their home peacefully without intrusion by a public authority.

Supported by: John Mason, James Dornan, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Ruth Maguire


 
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