32 asylum seekers housed in Portstewart ‘hotel’

32 asylum seekers are temporarily housed in a North Coast hotel.

A report that will be presented to Councillors tomorrow evening on the Leisure and Development Committee reveals that 32 asylum seekers are currently housed at The Rambler Inn in Portstewart.

According to the report the hotel can house up to 45 persons.

The report provides information in relation to the increase in the dispersal of asylum seekers across Northern Ireland, including the CC&G Borough.

The report states: “As Causeway Coast and Glens have recently welcomed a number of asylum seekers, Council has recognised that there is a need to build a shared understanding of needs, existing resources and gaps and as a result, build collaborative action between key stakeholders/service providers to meet these needs effectively.”

The current cohort of Asyulm seekers based within The Rambler Inn have come from the following countries:
– Iran
– Palestine
– Guinea
– Eritrea
– Syria
– Sudan
– Kuwait
– Yemen
– Somalia

The Home Office have confirmed that they are developing an exit strategy along with their contracted delivery partner MEARS Group to ensure people do not stay in hotels any longer than is absolutely necessary

To view the report, click here.