Asylum: Housing

Home Office written question – answered on 1st October 2020.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is a legal requirement for asylum seekers to be given advance notice of the accommodation that they are to be placed in.

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

If an asylum seeker would otherwise be destitute they can apply for accommodation and other support under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

There is no requirement in the legislation to inform an individual of where they will be accommodated if their application is successful. However, an individual is informed of the area in the UK where they will be housed at the time arrangements are made for them to travel to their accommodation.

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