FIFTY percent of asylum seekers surveyed about the quality of housing they have been provided, which is paid for by the taxpayer, have branded it as “completely inadequate”, it has emerged.
Why is such a survey even being conducted? To fan the flames of Muslim victimhood, entitlement and supremacism? It is one thing for migrants to complain about the quality of food and threaten to go back to Syria, or to whine about being bored or not being able to get cigarettes, or that the Internet connection is too slow. But it is quite another thing to actually interview the refugees and ask them about whether the living arrangements are to their tastes.
A big problem here is the socialist-leaning organization Migrant Voice, which conducted the survey, and which spends its time presenting only the rosy side of immigration and the rescuing of refugees. Migrant Voice was one of the collaborating organizations of a joint “I Am An Immigrant” poster campaign, featured on billboards “across the country which promote the achievements and contributions of foreigners to Britain.”
Who can deny that “foreigners” have historically contributed to Britain? However, organizations such as Migrant Voice avoid the glaring fact of widespread Muslim migrant crime that has now seized Europe. Migrant Voice ignores reports that up to a million British girls were sexually assaulted and brutalized by Muslim rape gangs, as well as the arrests of 900 Muslim migrants in England and Wales for “sickening” crimes, etc. Even worse, such organizations attempt to brand anyone who tells the truth about them as frenzied, prejudiced nationalists who have a problem lending a helping hand to foreigners in need. For example, in its magazine, Migrant Voice published an article that stated:
The rise of nationalism in rich countries poses a worrying challenge to the tide of migrants fleeing wars.
The article also quoted the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, who said….
We’ve seen it in the United States and Europe, and we have seen also unfortunately some exploitation of these fears or this malaise, and linking it to the presence of foreigners.
Nowhere did Migrant Voice even acknowledge the serious crisis of Muslim migrant crime and sex assaults, which have risen to such a level that European authorities have placed signs in pools, trying desperately to teach Muslim migrants not to touch women and children inappropriately. A German swimming pool actually banned migrants , only to lift the migrant ban because of “left wing pressure,” only 24 hours after four children were molested at the pool.
Concerns raised by Westerners, stemming from truthful reports about what is really going on with migrants, is not an “exploitation of fears” by any means, as Grandi puts it in his statement attacking Western attitudes. The exploitation of Western innocents by Muslim men is what needs to be fully addressed, as does the jihadist infiltration of the refugee stream.
Instead, Migrant Voice would like to see more of the Muslim migrant influx, and better living conditions for them. To heck with the victims — and the taxpayers.
“Half of asylum seekers complain UK housing funded by YOU is ‘completely inadequate’”, by Jon Austin, UK Express, November 26, 2016:
Refugees housed across Birmingham and the West Midlands were quizzed about the standard of accommodation they were provided and a further 17 per cent described it as just “mediocre”.
The properties were provided by G4S, one of three companies hired by the Home Office to provide asylum seeker accommodation up and down the country.
Just 11 percent of people asked said the housing was excellent, eight percent described it as good, and 14 percent said it was adequate for their needs.
The survey was carried out by Migrant Voice, an organisation set up to encourage a more balanced and inclusive debate on immigration in Britain.
It has been submitted to an ongoing Home Affairs Committee inquiry into accommodation for asylum seekers, set up in the wake of the Syria refugee crisis.
The report said: “Migrant Voice has undertaken a research into the living conditions of asylum seekers in Birmingham in housing provided by the Home Office through private housing providers – in this case respondents only named G4S.
“The research came about as a result of our members in Birmingham raising issues around their housing.
“We wanted to find out what the situation was, and if there are problems, to find out whether they are unique or widespread and to come up with recommendations.
“The questionnaires asked participants to describe their accommodation, asked what was good about the accommodation, what were the problems, and what were the recommendations.”
Migrant Voice said research was ongoing and these were preliminary findings.
The report added: “The problems mentioned fall into two key areas: The physical state of the accommodation with several sub-sections of concerns, and the interaction with the housing providers.”
Problems reported included leaking roofs, broken toilets and infestations of vermin.
Migrants also complained that G4S staff did not take their complaints about housing standards seriously and there were separate concerns raised about possible sexual harassment of refugee women by G4S housing staff.
Sixty two asylum seekers were asked for their views by Migrant Voice.
The report said: “Participants mentioned their accommodation was dirty.
“Several participants mentioned that they were not able to keep the place as clean as they would like because they are not allowed a hoover to clean the accommodation; instead some were told to sweep the carpets.”
One asylum seeker was quoted as describing their accommodation as having “damp walls, dirty kitchen, tiny box room, dirty, cheap bed, and dirty carpet.”
Another said: “Currently I am experiencing a horde of flies because of dead rats in the kitchen, bed bugs in my room and rats in the house although I keep it clean.”
One disturbing case was reported about a G4S housing officer making women feel uncomfortable.
A woman told Migrant Voice: “I lived in a property where the housing officer had a very inappropriate behaviour.
“He told us residents that if we made trouble (meaning reporting problems or making complaints to G4S helpline without letting him know) he would inform the Home Office.
“He also used to come to my bedroom and close the door which made me feel very uncomfortable.
“He talked to us about his sexual experiences.
“My support worker made a complaint on my behalf about my housing officer’s inappropriate behaviour and I think G4S conducted an investigation and he ceased working in our house but I am not sure what happened.”
The report noted that G4S appeared to have dealt with the issue “as far as the woman knew”.
Many asylum seekers asked to be treated as humans and with dignity.
But, four expressed their gratitude for having accommodation.
One said: “Thank you for giving me a house.
“I am very grateful for the Government to make a way for us where there seem to be no way. As a destitute it is very difficult.”
The Home Affairs select committee will make recommendations on what should be done to improve asylum seeker accommodation, and if it should be dispersed more widely across the county, before the Home Office responds……