Failed asylum seekers swell homeless numbers

More than a third of refused asylum seekers have been destitute for more than a year and two-thirds of these came from countries with ongoing unrest and would find it difficult to return, a report by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has found. The research recorded 273 destitute people during a four week period in April and May, including 30 children, and found that two-thirds of those surveyed came from four countries – Zimbabwe, Iran, Eritrea and Iraq.