Asylum seekers in Glasgow have been temporarily saved from destitution after appeals were lodged against dozens of court-ordered evictions.

Legal challenges against evictions orders have been submitted by lawyers representing the refugees, who charities claim would have been facing street homelessness had they been removed from their homes.

Earlier this month it was reported that eviction orders had been granted to remove some of those under the care of Home Office contractor Serco from their homes.

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The Evening Times now understands that those at risk have taken further legal action, with the immediate risk of removal delayed.

The Scottish Refugee Council's Graham O’Neill said: “Whilst no evictions in the coming days is welcome news, we must be clear that we are still facing a humanitarian crisis on the streets of Glasgow this winter.

"People rendered street homeless suffer severe risk to health and safety. Some may die. It is important to be clear that this could happen. Glaswegians know how cold our winter is here.

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“Many of these ongoing cases could ultimately lead to lawful evictions taking place. It is also possible that Serco are still quietly evicting isolated people who have had no legal or other help, as we saw in the summer.

"We call on the Home Office and UK Government to reform the asylum support system, removing forced destitution from the system.

"We call on the city of Glasgow, including but not limited to the council, to come together urgently in an emergency humanitarian response.”

Other charities have said proactive work is under way to tackle the ongoing threats.

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Crisis grants, emergency accommodation and legal advice are available to those under threat.

Robina Qureshi of Positive Action in Housing said: "Our destitution caseworkers are on standby to assist those who face eviction with shelter in the homes of volunteers, we are currently sheltering 60 families or individuals on any given night.

"Those who knew how to navigate legal paperwork have done so. Those who are left are the ones we are concerned about.

"They are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable."

The Evening Times approached Serco and the Home Office for comment.