16 Jun 2010

The Children's Society welcomes the Red Cross's report into the destitution faced by failed asylum seekers. Following on from our own report into destitution in the West Midlands, published in May, this tragic state of affairs is finally gaining the attention that it warrants.

Our report shows that increasing numbers of destitute families, often with babies and young children, are approaching us. They lack essentials such as food, housing and other basic essentials e.g. nappies and clothes, which they need to survive. The report from the Red Cross underlines our concerns that up to 20,000 failed asylum seekers are destitute.

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, comments: “This is shocking and quite simply not acceptable – something needs to be done. Staff at The Children's Society have witnessed first hand the problems that failed asylum seekers have with finding food, clothing and shelter. This country needs to treat children as children and provide them with the basic necessities that they need to survive. We join the Red Cross in calling on the new Government to review these policies which are leaving children and families without financial support for years, in some cases’.

Please find The Children's Society report into destitution.