Failed asylum seekers in Scotland living below UN global poverty threshold


Hundreds of failed asylum seekers are living in Scotland on less than the UN’s global poverty target of 77 pence ($1.25) a day.

Pregnant women, children and people with disabilities are among those who have been left destitute on Scotland’s streets, according to a report by the Scottish Poverty Information Unit which is based at Glasgow Caledonian University. The UN benchmark is aimed primarily at raising incomes in developing countries.

The report’s author, Morag Gillespie of SPIU, said the levels of poverty she found were “dreadful” and that many interviewees were literally penniless with no legitimate means of income.


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