Speaking about delays on asylum decisions and the increasing backlog Farzad says:

It makes you feel more lonely and miserable… you’re not allowed to work.

It basically deactivates you. Even if you are an active person at home, when you come here you don’t have a chance to participate in anything. I know people, on top of their traumas, they become traumatised even more during this period.

You are basically stripped of all your basic rights, it’s not a good time. I was feeling bad, I was ready to work. I was hearing on the news, farmers needed people to pick fruit, there was rubbish on the streets, I was happy to do that, but you’re not allowed.

One of the guys, after I left, he was an African young boy, he killed himself actually, it’s not an easy situation. I didn’t know the guy, I just heard that after.

I’m sure there are better ways to deal with the situation. It was alright for a bit, at least you know there’s a roof over your head, but after a while, you really need to activate people…

I just visited the hotel I was in. The situation has got, like, twenty times worse than before. We were OK then. Now it has become like a military camp for refugees, people are depressed, they are isolated, they have no chance to go out, they are being checked on a daily basis, twice.

All the other organisations that used to go there, and help them, they don’t do that anymore because of lack of funds, or they do it in a different way, sometimes providing food and clothes.

I think we are going in the opposite to the right way.