Published On: Thu, Jun 19th, 2014 on 12:51 pm

‘Walkers for Justice’ highlight asylum seeker plight with Bradford to Leeds trek

BEACON Walk For Justice

Trekkers with the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons

Walkers have trekked around 10 miles from Bradford to Leeds to raise awareness about the plight of asylum seekers.

Organised by the Bradford-based BEACON charity, people gathered in Bradford’s Centenary Square and walked to the Home Office Waterside Reporting Centre in Leeds, a destination familiar to many asylum seekers from Bradford who are required to report there on a regular basis.

It was held by participants to highlight the struggles many asylum seekers are facing.

BEACON coordinator, Daniel Rosner, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The walk raises awareness about the circumstances that asylum seekers find themselves. Those whose cases have been refused are denied any state benefits, they are not allowed to work, have no money for transport and must make the journey on foot.

“The annual walk has been going on for several years now, and many participants take part.”

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons, offered his messages of support before everyone started walking to their destination.

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