HUNDREDS of asylum seekers living in Glasgow are awaiting the outcome of a high profile court case which could lead to many being evicted and left homeless on the city's streets.

On Wednesday the Court of Session are expected to publish their decision in a landmark case which will decide whether a ruling, which stated that the removal of asylum seekers using lock-changes was not unlawful, will be upheld.

The outcome of the appeal, which was heard in September - more than a year after the initial announcement that asylum seekers could face eviction at the hands of Home Office contractor Serco - will have immediate effect on around 130 individuals in Glasgow.

Should the appeal fail, these people could face street homelessness going into the freezing winter months and the dangers which come with it, with knock on effects for 330 asylum seekers across Scotland.

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While those in the third sector, as well as legal representatives, continue to support these vulnerable individuals, discussions are under way as to what can be done to safeguard those at risk.

However, concerns have been raised as to whether sufficient support networks in place to handle a sudden increase in homeless asylum seeker numbers, particularly women.

Sheila Arthur, manager of the Asylum Seeker Housing Project, said: "As far as we are aware there is nothing in place and we are very stressed about that and current provision, as there is nothing for women.

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"Women are particularly vulnerable in terms of being exploited.

"A number of agencies are certain there is nothing like adequate provision and we don't even know how many people are on Serco's books.

"I understand that lawyers could reappeal, meaning Serco would be forced to continue with the evictions process through the courts. But we are trying to get people back into the system while they are still in homes."

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Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council have said their hands are tied in what they can do to help.

A said: “We await the outcome of the court action with interest. However, the council is extremely limited in what we can do to help, as we are prevented from helping, all but a very few of those facing destitution by the “No Recourse to Public Funds” legislation.

“We have been working with the agencies involved, and to our knowledge the small number of individuals who could legally access support from the council have already done so.”

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However, other organisations have echoed concerns over a lack of measures in place to help those facing homelessness, calling for asylum seekers to be given 'due process' in the courts.

Positive Action in Housing's Robina Qureshi said: "The legal situation for asylum seekers is very fluid - one minute people are being told to leave, then suddenly they can get a positive decision.

"If the decision on Wednesday is that legal action cannot happen without orders from the Sheriff Court, then that is due process and vulnerable people cannot just be turfed out onto the streets.

"If not, that is bad news. Without court orders, people will be terrified to leave their homes."