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"IN A PLACE LIKE PRISON"

December 15, 2021 10:08 PM

Asylum Matters alongside Action Foundation, Birmingham Community Hosting, Birmingham Refugee and Asylum Seekers Solidarity (BRASS), Life Seeker's Aid Charity and Stories of Hope and Home have launched a new joint report, 'In a place like prison': voices from institutional asylum accommodation.

This looks at the experiences of people seeking asylum who have been housed in hotels, hostels, barracks and initial accommodation centres. It demonstrates that this type of institutional accommodation causes harm, and that the UK Government's plans to introduce new large scale 'accommodation centres' for people seeking asylum must be abandoned.

The organisations worked together to carry out in-depth interviews with fourteen people in the asylum system with recent experience of living in institutional asylum accommodation. Their stories shared some common themes, as highlighted in the report, such as the effects of the deprivation of liberty, loss of agency, unsafe environments, lack of access to healthcare and uncertainty about the future.

Can you share the stories captured in this report and call on the UK Government to scrap its disastrous plans to increase the use of large scale asylum accommodation centres?