HUNDREDS of asylum-seekers in Kirklees are homeless, claim support workers.
Yet the growing problem remains hidden because many simply sleep on friends' floors.
Those who are not so lucky have been known to bed down in the bus station and in Kirklees parks.
Ian Brooke, office manager for Kirklees Refugees and Friends Together, outlined the plight of an estimated 200 asylum-seekers who fled to the area from violence and terror abroad.
He said: "It's pretty bleak. Either they go back home and face torture or death or try and exist in Britain.
"Those who end up on the streets generally fall into two camps, Mr Brooke explained.
"They are either people who come to this country and apply for asylum late, out of the 24-hour period, or they are asylum seekers who get a positive decision to stay in this country then, after 28 days, they have to leave their asylum- seeker property with nowhere to go because there's a shortage of social housing."
Waiting lists for council and social housing are growing all the time due to stock shortages.
A third major group, asylum seekers from Iraq, cannot be deported back to the country in any case in the aftermath of war.
Others will not go back to their home country on any account if repressive regimes remain in power.
Mr Brooke said: "They prefer to stay here rather than go back to where they came from and risk torture and death."