‘We don’t have the necessary housing.’ Councils in the United Kingdom have warned that there will not be enough space for incoming Afghan refugees.
COUNTRIES throughout the country are warning that Afghan refugees arriving in the UK may be stuck in limbo for a long time because there isn’t enough lodging for them unless the Home Office raises local money for shelter.
Priti Patel, the UK’s Home Secretary, said that the UK will accept 20,000 Afghan refugees over the next few years, with over 5,000 expected to be placed in the first year alone. Despite contributions and a cash injection from the Home Office, councils throughout the UK who have already began taking in refugees warn that they do not have the resources to deal with the crisis. One Milton Keynes councillor told Channel 4 news that there just wasn’t enough “housing stock” and that many refugees will be stuck in hotels and other temporary accommodations for a long period.
Councils all around the country have begun to accept refugees, but others have rejected because they claim they lack the wherewithal to do so.
More migrants will be allocated to larger cities like Manchester for resettlement, but Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has urged for a “fairer” system in which all cities take on some refugees.
According to the Manchester Evening News, around 1,000 migrants will be placed in Greater Manchester.
Jane Carr, a Milton Keynes Liberal Democrat councillor, slammed the Home Office in an interview with Channel 4 and requested that municipalities be given more resources to assist with resettling.
“Those that are coming in at the moment are all in transition, so it’s finding them homes,” she explained.
“And that could be anywhere in the country, not just here in Milton Keynes,” says the author.
“However, if we are going to rehouse families here, we need the Home Office to be able to locate the necessary cash.
“Because we don’t have any housing stock that is sitting idle.”
Clive Betts, a Labour MP, has also called on the government to increase money after his local authority in Yorkshire pledged to take in a large number of refugees.
The government has committed £5 million to resettling 20,000 Afghan refugees, which amounts to only a few hundred pounds per person.
Councils were given £129 million as part of the Syrian refugee resettlement scheme, which saw more than 10,000 people rehoused.
“Northern councils have had,” Mr Betts told Yorkshire Live. Brinkwire Summary News