UK: An inspection of the Home Office's management of asylum accommodation provision - report by Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration


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An inspection of the Home Office's management of asylum accommodation provision - report by Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
21.11.18
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"For several reasons, not least the difficulty of extracting evidence from the Home Office, this inspection proved more challenging than most. My report is likely to please no-one. It was clear from the Home Office’s response to the draft report that this topic touched a nerve. It considered my criticisms unfair and believed its efforts had not been fully recognised.

Meanwhile, I suspect that the many non-government organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders engaged with asylum accommodation, and those living in it, will feel that the report has not gone far enough in challenging the standards of accommodation and support provided.

...The system will always rely on collaboration, but it is the Home Office that holds most of the keys – to easing demand on asylum accommodation through more efficient management of asylum claims; to standardising data capture and improving information flows; to ensuring policies and practices support and protect the most vulnerable; to driving a UK-wide dispersal strategy for asylum seekers and refugees that engages more local authorities."

See: An inspection of the Home Office's management of asylum accommodation provision(Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, pdf)

See also: Home Office response (pdf) and: Asylum Support - Assurance Action Plan (pdf)

The IRR has published some stories detailing the appalling conditions in the UK's outsourced accommodation system for asylum-seekers:

Daisy and the £4 billion asylum housing contracts (30 November 2017, link)

The shame of asylum housing of child refugees in the UK (23 February 2017, link)

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