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Deep poverty and destitution

How to improve support and services for destitute migrants

Many migrants find themselves destitute in the UK with no means of supporting themselves, nowhere to sleep and no means to return home. Many have a case for staying in the UK but may struggle to prove it.

Written by:
Heather Petch, John Perry and Sue Lukes
Date published:

This report looks at:

  • who destitute migrants are and why they are destitute;
  • the services and support that is available;
  • how that support could be improved;
  • how best to provide accommodation and other forms of support; and
  • areas where there may be legal question marks, providing reassurance through legal opinion.

This Solutions summary offers practical steps to address the issues facing destitute migrants and overcome obstacles to providing accommodation, services and support. It includes learning from existing projects, and legal advice.

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