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Asylum Seekers Temporary Accommodation


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Asylum Seekers Temporary Accommodation

You've probably seen the items in the news about the Home Office providing short-term accommodation for people seeking asylum at a hotel in Dolgarrog. 

The Council, Health Board and Police are working together to ensure appropriate measures are put in place by the Home Office to support the individuals at the hotel and the local community.  

Who made these arrangements? 
The Home Office, via their provider Clearsprings, have the contract with the hotel owners.
The Home Office has a statutory duty to accommodate people seeking asylum who would otherwise be destitute and provide for their essential living needs whilst their claim for asylum is being considered. 
The contractor SBHL is responsible for arrangements on site and for the individuals that are staying there.  SBHL is subcontracted by Clearsprings.

Who’s staying there? 
Up to 106 individuals can be accommodated.  

Where are they from? 
We’ve been told that the people at the hotel are from a range of countries.

Why are they being accommodated in North Wales? 
The Home Office has a statutory duty to accommodate people seeking asylum and provide for their essential living needs whilst their claim for asylum is being considered. People are being accommodated at this hotel due to the backlog and delays in processing applications.  

How much money are they getting? 
We understand that, if they choose to do so, they can apply to UK Government to receive £8 per week.

Are the Home Office using any other hotels in Conwy County to accommodate people seeking asylum? 
We’re not aware that the Home Office has made any arrangements with any other hotels in the county.

Are the Council, Health Board and Police involved? 
The Council was not given advance notice that the Home Office intended to accommodate people at the hotel in Dolgarrog. 
The Council, Health Board and Police are working together to ensure appropriate measures are put in place by the Home Office to support the individuals at the hotel and the local community. 
In addition, we’re meeting regularly to deal with any issues that arise, and North Wales Police are maintaining a presence in the area to reassure the community. North Wales Fire & Rescue Services have visited the site to check fire safety measures.  
The statutory arrangements for the care and welfare of vulnerable adults and children that apply across the UK are usually the responsibility of local authorities. Asylum seekers are subject to these safeguarding processes and procedures in the same way as others in the community. Conwy County Borough Council will be responsible for any safeguarding issues.

 

People seeking asylum and refugees - who's who?

Person seeking asylum
A person who has left their country of origin and formally applied for asylum in another country but whose application has not yet been concluded.

Refugee 
The definition of a refugee according to The 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees is: 
A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.” 
In the UK, a person becomes a refugee when government agrees that an individual who has applied for asylum meets the definition in the Refugee Convention they will recognise that person as a refugee and issue them with refugee status documentation. Usually refugees in the UK are given five years’ leave to remain as a refugee. They must then apply for further leave, although their status as a refugee is not limited to five years.

Migrant 
Someone who has moved to another country for other reasons, such as to find work.

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