High court ruling leaves refused asylum seekers at risk of homelessness

A high court judge has quashed a ruling that said refused asylum seekers who are destitute must be given accommodation during the pandemic until all Covid restrictions are lifted.

At least 1,000 asylum seekers currently in accommodation are thought to be affected by Tuesday’s decision and are now at risk of being made street homeless.

In April, the asylum support tribunal concluded that because of the increased COVID risk, destitute refused asylum seekers should not be forced on to the streets or into “sofa surfing”. The Home Office was ordered to continue accommodating this group of asylum seekers until step 4 of the roadmap was reached.

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