The Home Office has temporarily dispersed asylum seekers to hotels across the country, including a hotel in Cornwall. The dispersal comes in response to overcrowding and dire conditions at the Manston asylum centre in Kent, and the recent petrol bomb attack targeting the Border Force immigration centre in Dover.
Cornwall has not previously engaged with the nationwide asylum dispersal system. Cornwall Council have published information about the current provision for asylum seekers on their website here.
Newquay Refugee Support Group have been quick to mobilise and are currently providing local support. They are currently fundraising and collecting donations for men's shoes and winter coats in particular.
You can donate to their online fundraiser here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/shoesforrefugees
On 30 November 2022 we hosted an online Zoom session providing further information about how communities and individuals can support asylum seekers in hotels in Cornwall, in collaboration with Newquay Refugee Support Group, Refugee Support Devon and Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support. You can find slides from the session here.