Migrant homeless people face all the dangers that homeless people from the UK face and more.
On a daily basis migrant homeless people must contend with suspicion about their motives, being excluded from almost all support services, and a constant threat of removal from the country.
The recent political agenda to create a ‘hostile environment’ for some irregular migrants has severely affected people from outside the UK who face homelessness in this country. This is regardless of their status in the UK, or reason for being here. It has also made it harder for service providers like Crisis to help people.
Although the solutions to homelessness for migrants are essentially the same as for other people experiencing the problem, a set of policies now stands in the way. These must be changed.