Selin ATAY-TDO- Britain's Home Office has moved dozens of asylum seekers to London from Birmingham by violating the quarantine rules, a British newspaper reported. Local authorities have reacted harshly to the ministry, the newspaper said.
According to the news, the UK Home Office said that dozens of asylum seekers affected by the outbreak in Birmingham all tested negative for coronavirus (Covid-19). However, tests commissioned by Hammersmith and Fulham Council in London revealed that at least nine of the asylum seekers tested positive for Covid-19.
For this reason, asylum seekers were ordered to be quarantined for 14 days. But a subcontractor company called Serco, affiliated with the Home Office, ignored this order and transferred 40 asylum seekers to London.
Officials from six municipalities in the Midland region (Birmingham Central, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Sandwell and Wallsall) have sent a letter of complaint to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. In this letter, "beyond recklessness" used as a phrase for the subcontractor's practices.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council in London also sent letters of complaint to Home Secretary Priti Patel. In the letter of complaint, the Home Office was accused of "moving Covid-19 from one region of the country to another."
Jenni Halliday, Serco's official in charge of refugee shelters, said in a statement that they sharply refused the "misleading accusations and assumptions" expressed in the complaints.
Refugee support organizations have said that asylum seekers have been housed in inadequate buildings and facilities for too long, and that these groups, which are already unprotected in many respects, are quite vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.
"It is shocking that people who have applied for asylum since the beginning of the epidemic have been exposed to the risk of Covid-19 due to poor housing conditions," Stephen Hale, president of Refugee Action, an organization that supports refugees, said in a statement. "These people have great difficulty maintaining social distance, isolating themselves, or obtaining adequate information where they stay," Stephen Hale added.