Asylum seekers say they were dropped off in London with no accommodation or money

Asylum seekers have described being taken from a processing center in Kent and left in central London without accommodation, proper clothing or money.

A young man from Afghanistan told the Guardian he was among a group of 11 people abandoned on the street outside Victoria Station on Tuesday evening.

He told the newspaper he asked for a bus driver, who picked up the group from the crowded Manston immigration detention center and then dropped them off in the capital, where they were to go.

“I thought there would be a hotel for us. He said, ‘Go where you want to go, it’s not my responsibility,'” said the man, who wished to remain anonymous.

“I told the driver that I had no address or family. He said, ‘I can’t do anything for you.’

The man said he had told Home Office staff in an earlier interview that he had no relatives or acquaintances in the country.

“They asked me if I had any friends or family and I said I didn’t have anyone in England,” he said.

A second asylum seeker, also from Afghanistan and speaking on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper he was among a group of 15 people taken from Manston on a bus and dropped off in the center of London Saturday night.

“I was shocked to be left without help. I was cold. I was hungry and wondering how to sort this out,” he said, adding that the group had planned to spend the night at the Victoria coach station.

The 20-year-old former police officer, who worked with international forces in his home country before fleeing when his parents were killed by the Taliban in 2021, was later able to get a passerby to help him contact a friend of which he was the floor. able to sleep.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The Home Secretary has taken urgent action to alleviate the problems in Manston by using all available legal powers and seeking alternative accommodation.

“The welfare of the people we care for is of the utmost importance and asylum seekers are only released from Manston when they have assured us they have accommodation to go to – to suggest otherwise is false and misleading.”

The Home Secretary visited immigration centers on Thursday while struggling to bring the migrant crisis under control amid threats of legal action, allegations of sexual assault at a hotel housing asylum seekers and criticism international on his use of the language.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman (middle) during a visit to the migrant processing center in Dover, Kent

Home Secretary Suella Braverman (middle) is coming under increasing pressure over the migrant crisis (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Suella Braverman, who was reinstated in her ministerial post just over a week ago, met Border Force teams in Dover to discuss Channel crossing operations before visiting the affected Manston processing center through the scandal to hear staff updates.

She has come under increasing political pressure over illegal conditions at the site near Ramsgate, where at one point up to 4,000 people were held for weeks at a site intended to hold 1,600 for a few days.

Downing Street said the number had since been reduced to 2,700, after more than 1,000 were moved in recent days, and the Prime Minister was receiving twice-daily updates on the situation.

The Home Secretary walked away from the media as she visited the Western Jet Foil site in Dover – the scene of a petrol bombing on Sunday – amid concerns over increased activity right-wing movement fueled by the inability to control the number of migrants crossing the Channel in small boats.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said it was “shocked but not surprised” by revelations that the bomber was motivated by hatred of Muslims.

“Far-right extremism in the UK presents a clear and present danger to our country,” the MCB said in a statement.

“It thrives on a mainstream narrative that normalizes hostility towards certain minorities, especially Muslims, asylum seekers and refugees and allows misinformation to fester.

“In recent days, divisive ideologues, right-wing media commentators and some politicians have called on us to focus less on the far-right threat.

“They must be held accountable, as more must be done to counter the rise of far-right extremism, which is currently growing at an exponential rate.”

The group noted that Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes said earlier this year that 41% of counter-terrorism arrests in 2021 were of far-right suspects.

MCB said: “Successive home secretaries have also failed to grasp the scale of the far-right problem.

“Our government must rectify its own policy agenda on migrants, which has only further marginalized migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.”

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