Destitution still happening in Leeds - Refugee Council
July 24, 2008

Destitution still happening in Leeds

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust today released a report “Not Moving On” showing the findings of a repeated survey into destitution amongst refused asylum seekers in Leeds.

Commenting on the report, Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:

“This report, showing a large increase in the numbers of refugees who have come to the UK for safety but instead live in destitution, reflects what we know about clients visiting our own office in Leeds.

“This not only affects people whose claims have been refused by the government, but also many people whose claims are still being assessed.

“With our partners in the “Still Human Still Here” campaign, we have been telling the government not to leave these people in limbo. How much better it would be for everyone if instead, they were allowed to work.”


See also

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s report More Destitution in Leeds: Repeat survey of destitute asylum seekers and refugees approaching local agencies for support is available to download. The report builds on the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s 2007 Destitution Inquiry reports Moving on: from destitution to contribution and Destitution in Leeds.

Download the reports here.