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Without a roof, without a home… Why?

An international workshop will take place on June 28th to discuss the strategies and solutions for the growing number of immigrant families who do not have a home due to their current social and economical situation.

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Sin techo, sin hogar 3The relaxation of border controls, which will take place at the end of the year, has been on the top of Cameron’s political agenda. It will allow Roman and Bulgarian immigrants to enter the UK without restrictions.

The British prime minister is adopting new immigration measures, in hope of curbing the influx of Eastern Europeans.

Additionally, the state of the economy and workforce affecting the EU and Great Britain has caused unpopular austerity policies to be adopted. Recently, David Cameron announced that he is going to analyse the possibility of restricting the amount of foreigners who have access to public healthcare, welfare and housing benefits.

Sin techo, sin hogar 2Currently, cuts to state benefits are related to social problems that have grown in recent years. The number of homeless people in Great Britain has reached record numbers. According to a 2012 study, there are 50,290 families without homes, an increase from the 40,020 the year before.

An increase even to the decline in the budget allocated to curb this social problem. The government has cut the budget from £213.7 million in 2010/2011 to £199.8 million in the last financial year 2011/2012.

Providing a home to those in need is one of the missions that local housing authorities are taking. However, their economic dependence on government budgets makes it even harder for local authorities. It has been recorded that in the last three years, the number of homeless people has increased by 25% in Birmingham alone.

Sin techo, sin hogar 7A section of the population most affected by the current situation is immigrants. To help them, the European organisation for helping undocumented migrants (PICUM) has organised an international workshop with the aim of analysing and debating the current situation of homeless people.

Entitled “PICUM’s Annual International Workshop and AGM: Undocumented migrants and housing”, the workshop will explore the problems faced by undocumented migrants with regards to access to housing. Among other topics such as, undocumented women and children, access to healthcare and fair working conditions.

Sin techo, sin hogar 6Therefore, those interested can participate in a session that will address issues such as the rights and protection of migrants to purchase homes. Also it will address migrants’ ability to access state, local and civilian benefits which are on offer.

The international event has been organised by the European Federation of National Organisations and the European Anti-Poverty Network, both entities focus their work on homeless people.

The international workshop will take place on Friday June 28th in the International Auditorium in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information, please visit the website.

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(Translated by Emma O’Toole)

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