Help Over the Final Hurdle

Harassed, stressed, tired and disorientated people are arriving in Leeds from all over Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East and finding a warm welcome and a helping hand. ‘The idea is to help people arrive in a calmer, and less nervous state as they go into a ‘life or death’ situation’, explains Matthew Neill.‘What we offer is a …

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Journeys of great uncertainty

Asylum seekers arriving in the UK are dispersed to make their own way to major cities in remote regions to be interviewed by the Home Office. Most arrive disorientated and harassed before a long interview that will determine their future. Acts of hospitality are lifelines in this hostile system. ‘I couldn’t sleep on the eve of the journey because I …

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Home Office policy on asylum support is unlawful

Asylum seekers are given so little in benefit that they cannot meet their essential living needs and the High Court has ordered the Secretary of State to rethink the decision not to increase support rates. Refugee Action’s research found that almost 40% of asylum seekers waiting for an initial decision on their asylum claim, do not have enough money to buy adequate food …

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Profile on Syria

The Syrian civil war has descended into a humanitarian crisis.  For most of the past three years more than 100 children have died each week.  More than 50% of the country’s population are now reliant on aid from foreign governments.  Lebanon population shows the number of people that have been displaced by the war.  It is now the biggest refugee …

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Female Asylum Seekers Failed by the UKBA

Over the past few days, we’ve seen a huge amount of media coverage of Women for Refugee Women’s brilliant report detailing the UKBA and Home Office’s failure to support and protect women seeking asylum in the UK. The reported revealed that 74% of women seeking asylum in the UK are refused at first decision, despite the fact that 50% of …

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Stop the Deportation of Roseline Akhalu

We’ve just received an email from the campaigning group No-Deportations, about the potential deportation of Roseline Akhalu. Please take a moment to sign the online petition or send an email to the Home Office demanding that they do not deny Roseline the critical medical help she needs. (text c/o No Deportations)Roseline arrived in the UK in September 2004 from Nigeria on …

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Statelessness in the UK

The UN Refugee Agency, alongside Asylum Aid published a report in November 2011 named ‘Mapping Statelessness in the United Kingdom’, highlighting the struggles faced by the ‘stateless’ individuals in the UK. A stateless individual is defined by the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons as a ‘person who is not considered as a national by any state under …

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