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New arrivals hit the streets

 
September 27th 2009
 

The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, FEANTSA, concluded that homeless services across Western Europe "are being left to mop up after the failure of immigration policies". The report dispels the myth that new comers to this country are given preferential treatment by social services, and fast-tracked into housing and on to benefits. In fact, immigrants are more likely to end up sidelined by the welfare system and living on the streets. The report found that "a substantial and growing number of immigrants are among the users [of homeless services]" and that "in some countries [in Western Europe], close to half of those who use these services are immigrants". The sudden growth of homeless immigrants was also raised in a recent edition of BBC's Panorama called Britain's New Migrants. The programme highlighted immigration from the new nations of the European Union, the A8 countries - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Immigration from these countries will help boost the UK's economy, but, experts claim, many of these newcomers are ending up in day centres and at soup runs. A view of Victoria Coach station in the early morning will reveal scores of hopeful immigrants grabbing a few hours rest in the banks of chairs. Closer inspection will show these are not only young men looking for work but every age and gender moved to come here by desperate poverty back in their homelands. In response to traditional paranoia about immigrants 'stealing' jobs, FEANTSA is keen to point out that their plight "stands in rather stark contrast to the notion, popularly bandied about, that immigrants are favoured in relation to social housing and social welfare". The Passage day centre in Victoria was the first to feel the rise in A8 users of their services because of its proximity to the coach station. But most day centres now have a smattering of East Europeans. One day centre worker told The Pavement: "It's hard, because we can't offer them much, but usually send them on to their [relevant] national community centres who are already overburdened. All we can do is offer the basics to them." Most are left with no state support, little hope of improvement, and no means of supporting themselves. The only services that are easing the problem are soup runs in areas such as Victoria, which are to many the only source of nourishment. Until central Government tackles this problem it is up to our readers to do what they always do - look out for your fellow man, wherever their origins, and exercise tolerance.
 
 
 

 

Contents

New arrivals hit the streets

Soup Run Forum

Web only: Emergency Islington shelter remains open during sub-zero temperatures

Chairman of the board

Rest in peace - in memory of lost friends

Prince poses

Starter pack boost

Wearing a jacket to beg?

Teens found guilty of killing Ralph Millward

The Passage withdraws service "as a last resort"

New learning centre for Glasgow

iHobo game causes controversy

Auckland extends ban on rough sleepers

Homeless interrogation

Affordable housing development opens in Edinburgh

Who decides?

Credit unions

New counts are optional

Nobby on stage

I will never forget you, my people

London homeless services in limbo over ?Ǭ£3.28m cuts

Disused night shelter re-opened for winter months

Coventry Cyrenians forced to cut services

London hub success for new rough sleepers

Crisis Skylight in Birmingham - a year on

Residents look ahead to staff upheaval

Midland Heart report

Labour call for hefty council tax levy on empty homes

Stik pic for the American Church

Lottery grant means new opportunities

Mungo?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s launches women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s campaign

Homeless people forced into slavery

Homeless couple marry in Australia

Number of homeless in Southend underestimated

Basic banking for all

NSNO expands into west London

Scottish homeless applications drop by 19 per cent

Miami cannibal

Invisible People film UK homeless

The demilitarised zone in North America’s drug war

2012 - the year of the right to permanent accommodation in Scotland?

Crisis at Christmas

The Pavement is recruiting

Rough sleeper donates $250 to charity

Food voucher scheme scrapped

Commemorating friends and companions

Human rights for all

First person: Gemskii on regaining control of her life

The shades come off

Upfront: spikes

Comment: Spikes are the least of your worries

Opinion: All up in smoke?

Heartbreak Hotel, episode 4.

The Pied Piper of Housing

March for the Homeless

Being homeless doesn't mean you can't vote on May 7

The vulnerability ruling

The Queen’s speech

Criminalising homelessness

116-bed hostel for young homeless to close in Southwark

Sponsor a bed and rebuild a life

Hipsters neutralise anti-homeless spikes

What the Brexit will happen now?

Anti-homelessness protesters threatened with eviction, jail by Manchester city council

Showing our impact

Rebirth

The birth of the North Gower Action Group

A pianist, an artist, a dog called George and a new homeless app

Living water

Midwinter blues?

Councils back change in law to tackle rising homelessness

Having problems with your JSA?

Mayoral hustings on homelessness

Skippering

A major step in reducing homelessness?

Liverpool Police homeless curb beggars belief

Charity begins at home?

Legal aid charade

Surviving the streets – by those who've done it

Stop the scandal

Glasgow homeless services at risk

 

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