Asylum: Hotels

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Attorney General)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure the safety of asylum seekers in hotel accommodation across the UK in response to recent Far-Right activities and harassment at those hotels.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

We are working closely with our providers to review security arrangements within all of the hotels currently being used to accommodate asylum seekers. Our accommodation providers liaise closely with local Police colleagues and asylum seekers are briefed as to risks and encouraged to report Hate Crimes accordingly.

We are also working with Home Office and local authority colleagues to develop strategic responses to any further harassment of asylum seekers accommodated in hotels nationally.

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