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Question ref. S6W-05620
Asked by: Katy Clark, West Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 11 January 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many people with National Referral Mechanism (NRM) reasonable grounds or NRM conclusive grounds, supported under section 9 or section 10 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015, were being housed in asylum accommodation (a) in each year between 2016-17 and 2020-21 and (b) between 1 April and 31 December 2021.

Current status: Answered by Ash Regan on 20 January 2022


Answer

Support under section 9 or section 10 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 was placed on a statutory footing on 1 April 2018. This can include accommodation, assistance with day to day living, medical advice and treatment, language translation and interpretation, counselling, legal advice, help accessing other services and, if the victim wishes, repatriation.

Although asylum is a matter reserved to the UK Parliament and is the responsibility of the Home Office, in individual circumstances it is possible for people supported under section 9 or section 10 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015 to be housed in asylum accommodation.

The detailed information requested is currently being collated. I will write to the member as soon as the information is available and a copy will be placed in the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib number 63102).