People across Scotland are being asked to consider if they could open their homes and unoccupied properties to displaced people from Ukraine as part of two new campaigns to find new hosts.
Positive Action In Housing
Six months since the beginning of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, Robina Qureshi, CEO of Positive Action in Housing, a refugee homelessness charity which began the Room for Refugees Network in 2002, argues that the initiative has corrupted the concept of refugee hosting. The Homes for Ukrain
A Scottish housing charity has urged the UK Government to consider proposals to double the £350 payment for hosting Ukrainians amid concerns the growing cost of living could drive thousands of people fleeing the conflict into homelessness. Positive Action in Housing, which has been r
Scottish Government pauses sponsor scheme for Ukrainians as cruise ship is chartered to house refugees
The Scottish Government has announced a three-month pause on new visa applications for displaced Ukrainians to come to Scotland from Wednesday morning. In addition to the pause, the Scottish Government has also chartered a passenger vessel, the M/S Victoria, which will be docked in Leith to pro
Positive Action in Housing CEO Robina Qureshi urges social landlords to allow their tenants to shelter refugees in their homes for short periods as a contribution to the current refugee crisis.
Positive Action in Housing chief executive officer Robina Qureshi outlines the charity's emergency support for refugees and its response to the recent House of Lords debate on the Nationality and Borders Bill.
Alasdair McKee has been named as the new chair of Positive Action in Housing, the housing and homelessness charity which works to ensure equal access to housing for people from BME and refugee communities across Scotland. Mr McKee is the chief executive of Glen Oaks Housing Associati
A decision by the Home Office not to give money to thousands of asylum seekers to make calls to friends and family during the pandemic has been declared unlawful by the High Court. The ruling means the UK Government could be forced to roll back weekly payments for some 10,000 asylum seekers.
More than 50 refugee and migrant organisations, lawyers and academics across Scotland, Wales and England have signed an open letter to home secretary Priti Patel to raise questions about the ongoing Aspen card crisis and the card contractor PrePaid Financial Services.
Ten days have now passed with thousands of asylum seekers, including several hundred in Glasgow, being left without working payment cards due to a Home Office contract changeover, writes Robina Qureshi.
Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) has described the use of hotels as asylum accommodation under the Home Office/Mears contract as the "most inhumane" it has ever witnessed.
A COVID-19 case has been confirmed at the McLays Guest House in Glasgow. Three others staying at the Guest House are symptomatic and coronavirus tests are being arranged. Residents at McLays Guest House have told Positive Action in Housing (PAIH) that Mears will not test them for COVID-19 unless the
Positive Action in Housing ‘disturbed’ at UK Government’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ plan for asylum seekers
Home secretary Priti Patel allegedly ordered civil servants to consider processing asylum seekers on remote islands more than 4,000 miles from Britain, according to reports. Ms Patel asked her officials to look into the viability of an Australian-style offshore asylum processing centre on Ascension
Positive Action in Housing has reiterated its demand for a full independent inquiry into the accommodation provided to asylum seekers in Glasgow during lockdown after a mother was found dead on Saturday. Mercy Baguma, an asylum seeker from Uganda, was found dead beside her baby in her flat
No more asylum seekers will be sent to Glasgow as the local authority attempts to “ease the pressures” on the city after last month’s knife attack and mounting concerns about living conditions for people in hotels during lockdown