The aim is to raise awareness and show solidarity with the thousands of asylum seekers all over the UK who are made destitute either when their claims for asylum are refused, even though they may be appealing this decision or cannot return to their home country as it is too unsafe, or due to administrative errors leading to delays in receiving financial support or/and accommodation. With no support or money they often become homeless. More information can be found at the blog ‘Still Human Still Here’, which is an ongoing campaign to end the destitution of refused asylum seekers.
Some of the people who are involved in the sleepout are raising sponsorship money for Home4U who are a group of concerned friends in Cardiff who have been involved in various refugee community groups and have become aware of the huge and immediate problem that destitution poses for many people. They have been lent a house in the Rhondda, rent-free, in which two asylum seekers can live at a time, and they are hoping to get a house in Cardiff to provide emergency support for newly destitute people. The money they raise will cover the cost of food and travel bills and keeping the house running.
Everybody is welcome to attend the sleepout, whether you chose to be sponsored or not – the more people who come the better, so please invite your friends! The night promises to be informative, fun and most of all necessary to raise the profile of destitute asylum seekers all over the UK.
As well as WSSAG, some of the groups supporting the sleepout include: Home4U, Welsh Refugee Council, STAR, Amnesty International, Displaced People In Action, Medsin, People and Planet and Cardiff Refugee & Asylum Seeker Welcome.