If you come into the UK and you are escaping persecution, you have a right to seek asylum.
But you will only be given refuge if you show that:
- You are outside your own country;
- You have a well-founded fear of persecution;
- That persecution is because of your race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion; and
- You can’t rely on your country’s government to protect you from the persecution.
If you can show that you meet all the criteria above, then the UK has a duty not to return you to where you will face persecution.
For more information, see: https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/human-rights/asylum-and-borders/right-seek-asylum
Obtaining refugee status
When an asylum seeker receives ‘leave to remain,’ that is refugee status there are still many hurdles to overcome. Finding accommodation is one and signing on for Job Seeker’s Allowance can be another. Information and support is available every Thursday at Asha through our drop in services with British Red Cross and Refugee Action.