The need

Restore 2014-065


..people are people wherever they are, and should be treated with dignity and respect. There are some failed asylum seekers who cannot be returned home…They cannot work. They have no access to benefits and would, in many cases, be destitute were it not for the support of government and voluntary agencies.

Every year many hundreds of men, women and families seek asylum in the UK. Most end up in a processing system which can take years to decide their claim.

If their initial claim is rejected, they may lodge an appeal to be heard over the next few years. Until then their right to UK benefits and social housing is withdrawn by law. Most significantly, the government refuses them the right to work and earn a living here, even though they may now live here for many years to come.

That’s why so many people end up destitute around us. We believe this situation is unjust and a denial of basic human rights.

That’s why we strive to make a small difference, and we invite you to join in and make a difference too.

The asylum problem in figures (2011)

(Source: Refugee Council, Feb 2012 & Refugee Welcome Trust)

  • There are 42 million forcibly displaced people around the world. This includes 27.1 million internally displaced people and 15.6 million refugees
  • 4 out of 5 refugees are housed in the developing world
  • The UK number of asylum applications was 19,804 excluding dependants (25,629 including dependants)
  • Initial UK decisions were as follows:•4,309 (22%) were granted asylum and were recognised as a refugee
  • 11,848 (60%) were refusals
  • Many dependants (71%) were under 18 and just over half (52%) were female
  • The UK ranked 13th amongst European countries in terms of asylum seekers per head of population
  • The countries from which the highest percentages of applicants were given refugee status in 2011 were Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Iran (recognition rates of 40% or more)