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You may already know this - when people are applying for protection and safety here in the UK (a.k.a. seeking asylum), they’re not allowed to work. As a result, they can apply for Asylum Support which is a payment of £5.28 a day and for accommodation if they need it. So far, so ok.
But we’ve just done research that shows how badly this support system is failing the people who need it most. Not only do people wait months for decisions, but in the cases we looked at over half of people were initially refused emergency support. Wrongly. And we know it’s wrong because a lot were overturned on appeal.
Would you like to guess how often the Home Office had to back down on its initial decision when challenged? Take our quick poll and find out:
The asylum system is broken. We’re gearing up to help fix it. We really hope you’ll join us in the fight for a system that treats people with dignity and respect.
Local Advice Centres
If you are in need of advice on matters affecting your status in this country you might like to contact -
Lewisham Migrants and Refugee Network
Deptford, SE8 5DD
Jesuit Refugee Service
The Hurtado Jesuit Centre,
2 Chandler Street,
For advice call on Monday or Tuesday
We believe in human rights. We believe in fairness and equality. We believe that no one seeking asylum in the UK should be left destitute.
Together, we can create a society where people escaping armed conflict, torture and persecution are welcomed, supported and given the opportunity to build their own future.
Our Essential Purpose
We work with refugees to build new lives. We are there throughout the difficult and complex asylum journey. By empowering people through information and advice we help them to make the right decisions about their future. And we won’t stop until there is an asylum system which treats everyone fairly, respects people’s human rights and leaves no one destitute.
Who Do We Support?
The people we support have challenged injustice, stood up to oppression and courageously left their homes behind to escape violence and even death. They are the heroes of human rights. And they deserve to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.
Get Help & Advice
Refugee Action can give you advice about claiming asylum, the asylum process, asylum support and assisted voluntary return. In some cases, we can also help if you are a refugee community organisation. Here's how we can help you.
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