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Asylum seekers and racial harassment

If you are experiencing racial harassment then there are steps and action you can take to protect yourself and your family.

What is racial harassment?

If you are the victim of verbal or physical abuse and you think that it may be because of your race or the fact that you are an asylum seeker then you should take action immediately. You don't have to accept racial harassment of any kind. You can find out more information in the section on racial harassment.

What can I do about racial harassment?

If you fear for your own safety or for the safety of your family then you should contact the police straight away by calling 999 and explaining what has happened. If it's not an emergency then you should phone or visit your local police station.

You should also tell the UK Border Agency or the organisation that provides your accommodation about the harassment as soon as you can.

Informing your accommodation provider

Your accommodation provider is the organisation that owns your home. If you are not sure who provides your accommodation then you should check the occupancy agreement that you signed when you moved into your home. If you need information or help then contact the Scottish Refugee Council or Positive Action in Housing.

If your accommodation provider is worried about your immediate safety then it should provide you and your family with safe, temporary accommodation immediately. The UK Border Agency should then carry out an investigation into the matter and decide whether or not it is necessary to rehouse you permanently.

If there is no way you will be able to return safely to your home, the UK Border Agency should find different permanent accommodation for you and your family. Your and your family's opinion should be taken into account at all stages of the decision-making and you won't be made to move home if you don't want to.

Can I complain if I'm not happy with the decision?

If you are unhappy about the way your problem is handled then you should consider making a complaint either to the UK Border Agency or to your accommodation provider. For help making a complaint you should get in touch with a charitable organisation such as the Scottish Refugee Council or Positive Action in Housing.

Where can I get extra support?

If you would like help dealing with the effect the harassment has had on you and/or your family, you can contact Victim Support Scotland. Victim Support is an organisation that offers counselling, advice and support to the victims of crime.

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