Glasgow's asylum seekers: The people who 'don't exist'

Refugee Anonymity originally by: BBC News
published: 25 March 2013

They have been described as “invisible people” – asylum seekers who have been refused refugee status, but who have not returned home. The Home Office says it wants them “to experience an increasingly uncomfortable environment” so they will leave, but critics say that they are just being forced into destitution. Glasgow is the first city in the UK to criticise this policy officially.

“I feel humiliated. I am a human being and that should mean I’m allowed to work. I have a right to pay for my food, so why am I not allowed?” asks Ali Arshain, a 35-year-old originally from Darfur in Sudan.

“I’m told that it’s not safe for me to go back home and at the same time I don’t deserve help and support. I don’t want to beg, I don’t want to steal food,” he adds.

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