Refugees: Housing

Home Office written question – answered at on 23 January 2024.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Exports)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Government policies on housing stability for refugees.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Minister of State (Minister for Legal Migration and Delivery)

A number of policies and mitigations are in place for those refugees who are destitute and require housing support. Individuals who are granted asylum remain on asylum support for 28 days from when they receive their Biometric Residence Permit. This enables individuals to make the necessary arrangements for their onward support and accommodation. We also have our contractor, Migrant Help, available to provide advice and support to help them access the labour market and housing support. Our accommodation providers also notify local authorities before an individual departs asylum accommodation, to ensure any emergency housing can be put in place for those with priority need.

We are working closely with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure the process for individuals moving on is clear. Furthermore, we have a number of integration measures in place, which refugees may be able to access.

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