QARN has signed this statement along with others:
The Churches Refugee Network* has noted with alarm and disapproval the arbitrary nature of the planned decision to evict without prior consultations 600 asylum families currently settled in their Glasgow community.
As a national network of churches supporting asylum seekers we are only too familiar with the risks to mental and physical health such unprepared changes will inflict on those who already have suffered much trauma.
We criticise this renewed evidence of UKBA’s ignorance and lack of concern of the social effects of arbitrary changes on such people and at UKBA’s focus of financial over Humanitarian priorities .
We also see this planned eviction as a breach of Britain’s compliance with the EU Directive on the Reception of Asylum seekers.
We demand that the decision to discontinue the contract with Glasgow Council be undone, and a humane resolution/ settlement be implemented.
*The Churches Refugee Network is a national network associated to CTBI, the national ecumenical organisation of British churches.”