Church of Scotland concerns over uncertain future for asylum seekers

By agency reporter
April 24, 2012

A senior Church of Scotland minister has written to Alex Salmond about the plight of around 140 asylum seekers who are facing oppression and persecution if they are sent back home, following fears they face eviction from their Glasgow accommodation.

The Rev Ian Galloway, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, has also written to Michael Moore, the Secretary of State for Scotland and Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, expressing his council’s concern about reports that asylum seekers in Glasgow are facing imminent eviction from the homes provided them by Ypeople, formerly the YMCA Glasgow.

The Church and Society Council are asking the Scottish and UK Governments to work with Glasgow City Council to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

Mr Galloway said: “Many of those who are facing eviction cannot return to their country of origin yet are facing certain destitution due to the circumstances they now find themselves in. Unable to return [to] countries where they will almost certainly encounter oppression and violence, they now face fear and uncertainty here in Scotland, a country which had initially offered them sanctuary and a place of safety.”

The impending crisis of leaving over 140 people destitute demonstrates a startling lack of compassion towards some of the most vulnerable people living in our midst, added Mr Galloway.


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