Green MEP Jean Lambert has today called for Government action and support to prevent the number of homeless EU migrants in London rising.
As Homeless Link revealed today that one in seven people using London homelessness services are from Eastern Europe Jean hosted a meeting in the European Parliament to discuss the findings of a report by the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) on mobility rights in the EU.
Jean, who is Vice President of the Green Group in the European Parliament and Co-ordinator on the Employment and Social affairs committee said; "A small number of homeless people on the streets of London today are from Eastern Europe. Homelessness agencies are currently the only places migrants gain the support and help they desperately require but without the appropriate facilities or funding sources for migrants, homelessness agencies and shelters are being put under increased pressure. With the right Government support and action however this problem is preventable.
"If there were dedicated advise lines giving accurate information for people before they come to London and to help them if they get into difficulties here we could avoid many of the problems and help people into work.
"The report out today is really valuable in providing a number of recommendations and practical proposals that would be effective right across the EU. The European Parliament has this afternoon expressed great interest in the report but the UK Government need to act now with the relevant embassies to really make a difference."
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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.
Homeless Link Report: The full report can be found at www.homeless.org.uk