Violence hits hostels as asylum seekers involved in 1,900 incidents in 3 years
Asylum seekers have been involved in hundreds of serious incidents including acts of violence as perpetrators or victims, exclusive figures show.
More than 1,900 incidents were reported in less than three years by organisations contracted by the Home Office to provide accommodation and other services for asylum seekers in the UK.
Currently, 51,000 asylum seekers are staying in hotels, costing the UK taxpayer £6.8million a day.
Only the most serious incidents are recorded, including those where “serious criminal charges” could result or there is a risk of “serious harm”.
They include violence and criminal activity as well as self-harm, attempted suicide, deaths and incidents deemed “newsworthy but non-violent”.
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There were 239 reports in the first four months of this year. Another 623 incidents took place in 2022 and 1,109 in 2021.
The shocking figures highlight the need to end illegal migration, according to Conservative MP Marco Longhi.
The Dudley North MP said: “The only real way to stop these crimes and to prevent people from coming to harm, whether they be local people or even other asylum seekers, is to stop illegal immigration.
“Yes, the use of hotels is completely inappropriate. But simply moving people from hotels and putting them somewhere else won’t solve the problem.”
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The wellbeing and safety of those in our care is paramount which is why we have dedicated welfare teams across all asylum sites to ensure every asylum seeker is treated with dignity and has access to the support they need.”
Ravishaan Rahel Muthiah, spokesman for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, said: “These figures are depressing but sadly not surprising, considering the horrendous conditions that those seeking safety in this country are subjected to.”
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