How Mears are putting asylum tenants in danger

Along with asylum tenants, SYMAAG has long documented conditions in asylum housing in Yorkshire and the north east. We assumed that when Mears took over the asylum housing contract in our region from G4S in September 2019 things would improve. They haven’t. Now in the midst of a pandemic, overcrowding and lack of hygiene are …

Protect asylum residents – Close Urban House in Wakefield.

Asylum residents in Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre in Wakefield are living in overcrowded conditions which endanger their lives. For the past two months as Covid-19 has become a pandemic, people in Urban House hostel run by contractor Mears Group for the Home Office, in the centre of Wakefield, have had to endure unhygienic conditions …

Don’t Cut Us Off. Mears: Install WiFi Internet in all Asylum Housing! Sign the petition

We demand Mears provide free WiFi in all of their housing urgently, so that residents can contact support workers, lawyers, family in other countries, access medical information, education and entertainment. Sign the petition here The Mears Housing Group, an outsourcing company working in housing management and home care, are the UK’s biggest refugee landlord, who have three 10-year asylum …

‘How do we wash our hands with no soap in the bathrooms?’

The appalling, overcrowded, unhygienic housing offered to some asylum seekers and their young children is putting them at especial risk of Covid-19. A refusal of insanitary accommodation leads to threats of homelessness. John Grayson of South Yorkshire Migration & Asylum Action Group investigates the reality in Leeds, Halifax and Wakefield. Helen ‘I don’t want to …

Don’t Let Them Die in Libya – Sheffield protests 18 January

       Don’t let them die in Libya Sheffield march and demonstration Saturday 18 January 12.30pm Meet bottom of The Moor near Moor Market S1 4PF at 12.30 and march to Sheffield Town Hall for a rally at 1pm “I was lucky to find safety in the UK before Libya erupted into chaos following …

Rats in the Kitchen, Sodden Carpets: Mears Group Asylum Housing

Mears Group took over asylum housing provision in Yorkshire from G4S this year. “It can’t get any worse” was the reaction of many asylum tenants. Were they wrong? John Grayson looks at life for an asylum seeking family in Rotherham ‘That’s where the rats get in.’ April [all names have been changed] was showing me round …

Justice for Simba – End the Hostile Environment. Sheffield November 20

Simba Mujakachi, his father Victor and many other Zimbabweans living in Sheffield were threatened with deportation earlier this year. A huge campaign successfully defended them, securing the release of Victor and others from Morton Hall detention centre and halting the Home Office’s deportation plans.   The Home Office deliberately put pressure on the Zimbabwean community, …

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