Those who have claimed asylum in Britain, but had their cases refused, will begin receiving notices to leave within 21 days from this week, according to a letter from the Home Office, seen by the Independent.
This comes in spite of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing Friday that the UK is “now seeing a second wave” of coronavirus and that it was “inevitable” that the country would be hit by the pandemic again.
Meanwhile, charities and MPs described the move as “reckless and irresponsible,” arguing it would put both asylum seekers and the public at risk.
They also accused the government of making already cash-strapped local authorities and third sector groups responsible for its actions.
The Home Office has made the decision despite its March announcement that asylum seekers would not be asked to evict their accommodation once their claim or appeal had been decided, as a protective measure against the infections disease.
The director general of UK Visas and Immigration said, in a letter to charities on Tuesday, that individuals with negative decisions would be served eviction notices “with immediate effect” in England.