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UK mayor: Poorest areas receiving ‘disproportionately more refugees and asylum seekers than wealthy areas’

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What a surprise. You thought this was a pure-hearted humanitarian effort? Surely you didn’t expect the comfortable Leftist elites who advocate these policies to make any sacrifices, did you?

Paul Dennett

“Home Office ‘apologises’ for placing Afghan refugees in Salford with less than 24 hours notice,” by Beth Abbit, Manchester Evening News, September 24, 2021 (thanks to James):

The Home Office apologised to city leaders after more than 100 Afghan refugees were placed in Salford with less than 24 hours notice.

Despite this, the same thing happened again the following week, city mayor Paul Dennett has said.

Wigan was also asked to accommodate a number of Afghan families at the last minute, the mayor said at a Salford Council meeting last Wednesday .

Mr Dennett says health officials have been faced with Covid-19 and TB outbreaks and public order instances at hotels being used to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers.

On one occasion, members of a far-right group gained access to a hotel and ‘harassed’ residents, he said.

Each of Greater Manchester’s ten leaders, as well as Andy Burnham and his deputies, have welcomed Afghans to the region.

But they have called for all local authorities to “play their part” in supporting evacuees from Afghanistan and those seeking sanctuary in future stating that it “cannot be fair” that some of the poorest areas of the country accommodate far higher numbers of those seeking sanctuary than other parts of the UK.

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They are calling on the Immigration Minister to widen dispersal in response to the humanitarian crisis.

Speaking at a council meeting last Wednesday, Mr Dennett said Salford’s experiences in accommodating refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan highlights a “crumbling system for refugee resettlement and asylum in the UK”.

Using private contractors to manage dispersal leads to the poorest areas of the country receiving “disproportionately more refugees and asylum seekers than wealthy areas”, he said.

The mayor stated that Greater Manchester accommodates approximately 6,000 asylum seekers at any given time – more than the entirety of Scotland – while Wigan and Bolton houses more asylum seekers than the entire South-West.

Salford currently has 833 asylum seekers in dispersed accommodation, with 38 per cent of temporary accommodation occupied by refugees….

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