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Refugees ‘hidden in plain sight’ aided by rural locals

When Angie Bual saw a man she did not recognise at a rural bus stop she thought he must be an asylum seeker who had been housed in a nearby hotel.

She pulled over and the chance encounter in north Somerset with the Eritrean man, whom a bus driver had refused to pick up, led her to create a network of locals who have provided arts workshops and cookery classes, donated bicycles and phones, and provided volunteer jobs in vineyards and orchards for the hotel residents.

Bual, 41, joint chief executive of Trigger, a public arts group, said housing asylum seekers in rural hotels made it almost impossible for them to integrate with communities, attend medical and legal appointments and socialise.

“It’s a very good

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