Some of the most difficult conversations we’ve had are explaining to people that although their offer is very kind, it’s just not suitable. We’ve had sponsors offering accommodation which is not acceptable from sheds to caravans in the driveway to sofas in the same bedroom as themselves, these temporary solutions are just not appropriate for a six month stay. While we are clear we are telling people directly that this isn’t suitable, we remain concerned that people are able to make matches and sponsor through other routes.
Some of the homes with the most space are based in rural communities, and while we know those communities will be working hard to make their village a place of sanctuary, most refugees want to be in towns and cities with access to jobs and good transport links.
The hardest conversation we’re having is around safer matching. In the same way that we can’t have a refugee hosted in a shed, we think it’s important that lone women and those with young children are matched with women / families.