During an interview with ITV Wales on August 3rd, 2023, Alfred Oyekoya, Director of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Mental Health Support (BMHS), highlighted some examples of inequalities faced by BAME communities in the last five months, affecting over 226 individuals:
“Unscrupulous landlords not returning deposits and charging multiple non-refundable holding fees to multiple individuals for the same property.
Employers engaging in unethical practices, such as withholding wages from their employees.
Universities displaying insensitivity and lack of understanding in their interactions with international students, leading to enrolment refusals despite timely tuition fee payments.
The social services system exhibiting hesitancy in providing early intervention support but being proactive in removing children from families, sometimes based on erroneous assumptions.
The Home Office conducting residence visits for deportation purposes, relying on inaccurate information provided by the University regarding International student status.
Numerous recruitment campaigns demanding a minimum of 21 hours per week, which unfairly excludes individuals holding Work Permit Visas of 20 hours of work weekly.
Addressing these inequalities is imperative for fostering community cohesion. “
Imperative & Excellence of Community Cohesion demands that we do more to address inequalities.
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