Housing4All are a group of asylum seekers and supporters campaigning to ensure that people seeking asylum in Northern Ireland are given the opportunity to lead dignified and secure lives. 

Housing4All are a group of asylum seekers and supporters campaigning to ensure that people seeking asylum in Northern Ireland are given the opportunity to lead dignified and secure lives.

The group was founded in 2015 in direct response to the deliberate state policy of enforced destitution whereby people who have had their claims for asylum refused are left street homeless even if they have further legal remedies to pursue. We mobilised on this issue and conducted surveys with destitute asylum seekers in the city of Belfast. In May 2016 we launched our first report and proposals for action. Since then we have continued to lobby both the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Department for Communities for change.

As time progressed it became clear that enforced destitution was not the only issue but rather one of a series of deliberate state policies designed to make the lives of asylum seekers unbearable. These policies have become infamously known as the hostile environment. In November 2018 we surveyed again, this time with a larger audience covering a wider range of issues. In June 2019 we launched another report A Prison without Walls which identified 6 major issues for people seeking asylum in Northern Ireland; destitution, housing conditions, food poverty, children’s rights, mental health, and the right to work. We are now in a phase of continued campaigning and monitoring of the rights of asylum seekers living here in Northern Ireland.

Publications

Report from May 2016: https://www.pprproject.org/a-place-of-refuge-report-calls-for-action-from-executive-to-end-homelessness-and-destitution

Report from June 2019: https://www.pprproject.org/resource-document/a-prison-without-walls-asylum-migration-and-human-rights

On Monday 16th September 2019 a group of hostel residents and local councillors launched “Housing Rights Watch” – an app that will allow them to directly apply to the Housing Executive Chief Executive for official homeless status utilising the formal complaints process.

The Social Security system is ‘A shadow penal system’ where human rights are increasingly absent.

Poster for Suspect Communities Event, Featuring image of security guard, with head replaced by a CCTV camera

 

Noon, Wednesday 7 August 2019, Glór Na Móna (4 Whiterock Close, BT12 7RG)

12l.n, 7 Lúnasa, Glór Na Móna (4 Clós na Carraige Báine)

A Damning report into the issues facing asylum seekers in Belfast entitled 'A Prison without Walls: Asylum, Migration, and Human Rights' was released today (18th June 2019) during refugee week at a public event. The research, which involved conducting surveys with 70 asylum seekers, was carried out by the Housing4All campaign group supported by PPR. 

Key findings of the report include:

PPR highlights obstacles to securing state accountability for social and economic rights to UN

29 March 2019 

 

PPR responds to call for  input from UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights regarding state accountabilty 

 

Funeral poverty is a serious issue here in the north of Ireland; this is due to funerals getting more expensive, the postcode lottery around burial costs, and the lack of government support for funeral costs. There is a funeral payment from the social fund which can cover some costs associated with the funeral.

Housing4All present report on asylum seekers experience of poverty to UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston

On Saturday 10th November 2018, representatives of the Housing4All group presented their report Enforced Destitution: Experiences of Destitution amongst the Asylum Seeking Population in Belfast to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme Poverty Professor Phillip Alston.

Equality Can't Wait and Housing for All campaigners meet with UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

Families impacted by welfare reform, homelessness and enforced destitution met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston in Belfast on Saturday 10 November 2018 to share their experiences as well as their proposals for change.

 

Asylum seekers living in Belfast are asking MPs in Northern Ireland to represent their views and protect their rights at a debate in Westminster on 10th October on the Asylum Accommodation Contracts worth just over £4bn for the next 10 years.

The Home Office are weeks away from signing these contracts, yet a proper consultation process which fully evaluates the failings of the previous contract and seeks the views of key stakeholders and asylum seekers, has not been carried out.

Syrian families

Report released today (30th July 2018) documents substandard housing conditions and recurrent racist abuse experienced by Syrian refugees in Belfast.

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