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Council Leader Arooj Shah
Council Leader Arooj Shah
Published: Tuesday, 30th November 2021

Cllr Arooj Shah, leader of Oldham Council said:

“We can confirm the Home Office has informed us that they intend to use one of Oldham’s hotels as accommodation for asylum seekers, as part of the Government’s obligations under the Refugee Convention.

“Oldham has a proud history of welcoming people of all nationalities, and we are ready and willing to play our part in helping these vulnerable people who have been through so much.

“That said, we do not have a choice in how many asylum seekers we accommodate here in Oldham. When planning how and where to accommodate asylum seekers, regional provider Serco produces a list of hotels for the Home Office, which then decides which hotels to use. As a result, there are a number of hotels now being used across Greater Manchester and nationally, to house asylum seekers and people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.

“While this is a temporary emergency solution, and we do not know exactly when these people will arrive or how long they will be here with us, what I am certain of is that Oldhamers will want to help, and make them as welcome as possible.

“We are currently working through a scheme for how people can donate items to help these new arrivals– many of whom will have entered the UK, into this terrible weather, with nothing at all – and will provide further information as soon as we have it.

“People can also help by donating to the Greater Manchester Migrant Destitution Fund online.”

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