Footage from hard-to-reach interior shows hotels inhabited by asylum seekers, invasion problems that an insider said go unreported for fear of deportation of residents
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Asylum seekers stranded in hotels awaiting processing share the “hateful” residence in which they live.
Footage from a hotel currently housing dozens of asylum seekers shows insects crawling at the base of the bathroom.
In another video, taken at a different hotel, its residents asked the mirror to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals from the owners, and the worms were filmed slithering on the floor.
A third clip of the footage shows mice running around a bedroom, while water can be seen gushing through the roof of a house where a family of asylum seekers lives.
The roof of that house later collapsed.
Pictures from a hotel show two children, who spent a while at the Calais Jungle, covered in what appear to be bedbug bites.
The photos, all taken in west London, have been shared with The Mirror to highlight the conditions in which the many people seeking asylum in this country wait, sometimes for years, to have their refugee status approved or denied.
Living on a simple allowance of several pounds a day, and without the right to work until their requests are approved, they are often unable to purchase basic hygiene products to clean their rooms.
An insider told The Mirror that the fear of the Home Office being kicked out of the country meant most people were not raising issues related to their residency.
This can create unreported or untreated property health risks and injury.
Access to the hotels where they are staying is very restricted, which means that conditions inside remain largely opaque.
Volunteers must meet residents in the parking lots outside to hand over clothes donated by the British.
Less honest people head to hotels to throw garbage bags in a kind of dirty protest against the asylum seekers’ efforts to make a living for themselves in the country.
An immigration insider said: “People who live in scattered dwellings, are placed anywhere in the country and moved with a moment’s notice. They cannot object.
“Often they are not told unless they are on the transport where they are going.
“It’s called distraction accommodation. If they’re in a hotel, they charge £8 a week.”
“They are afraid to speak out when there are problems, and they are afraid not to appear grateful, so these problems will appear several months later when they finally break into tears when speaking to a volunteer.
“In the case of bathing with jumping termites, the boy had never used it. He was so shocked by it that he could not wash himself.
“Many, many rooms have bed bug infestations. It’s a really big problem.
“If they do not feel the danger where they come from, they will not live like this. They are not taken care of, it helps them to be useful to society.
“There is a lot of wasted talent among these families.”
The videos were shared with The Mirror on the tragic end of a week in which 27 people died while trying to reach the UK.
They lost their lives when their boat capsized while trying to cross the English Channel from France.
Five women and a girl are reported to be among the confirmed victims of death so far, in what has been described as the deadliest of its kind ever.
Those currently in Calais but hoping to make it to the UK told The Mirror how they kept planning to make the perilous journey, despite the freezing and stormy waters ahead.
They said people-smugglers’ prices of at least £2,000 per person for a 45-metre boat with roughly 40-50 people trapped meant the gang involved in the tragedy had taken at least £60,000 in cash from those who died. in the sea. .
Other estimates put the figure as high as £6000 per person.
John, a 27-year-old former electrical engineering student from Eritrea, recounted how he and 13 other asylum seekers cheated death in the ocean on the same day that 27 people died.
He set out on a small boat and paid £200 for his share, only to have the craft sink in the icy waters.
Once, and if they cross, several people receive them by the authorities and treat them.
This is the beginning of a very protracted process that often sees people being expelled out of the country.
While they wait for their requests to be heard, many are moved across the country to live away from those they traveled with, often side by side with people who do not have a common language.
Although the latest statistics for the last year have yet to be collected, data for 2019 shows that the UK receives far fewer first-time asylum applications than other European countries of its size.
In 2019, 44,494 applications were made, compared to three times that in Germany, and more than double that in France and Spain.
The Ministry of Interior has been contacted for comment.