Stand Up For Asylum

Every year people make dangerous journeys to reach our shore and claim asylum. They have fled conflict and persecution and are desperately seeking safety.

But the system they rely on all too often fails them. Instead of safety and shelter, they can be left hungry and homeless on our streets whilst they wait, sometimes years, to get a decision that in many cases is wrong.

It’s unfair and ineffective.

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More than half of people seeking asylum wait longer than 6 months for a decision
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Vulnerable families struggle to survive on just £5.39 a day for years
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One in three people are granted refugee status on appeal

It doesn’t have to be this way. We’re campaigning to change the system. We believe a future is possible where those forced to flee the homes they loved receive compassion, a fair decision, essential support and help to rebuild their lives.

Our new report exposes the asylum process as one of long delays, poor decisions and a total lack of information. It is a system that disempowers, dehumanises and damages people.

If you believe that everyone who comes to Britain in search of safety should be treated with fairness and compassion. That they should be given sufficient support to make sure they don’t face homelessness and hunger, email you MP to #StandUpForAsylum and call for change now.

Email your MP

People who are seeking asylum, they already have lots of problems. They have left everything in their home country, whatever their problem is, they have worries, they are heartbroken. So why not help them?

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We’ve set out a vision for what a fair and effective asylum system could look like and how much of a difference it would make to people who come to the UK seeking safety.

Read our vision

Access to Justice in the Asylum System

Our research shows that changes to the legal aid system have left many people seeking asylum completely unable to access the legal support they need to make their case for protection from violence or persecution. This is denying justice to some of the most vulnerable people in our country.

It is essential that people seeking asylum are able to access good quality legal assistance. Applying for refugee status is very complex and most people arrive in the UK with little or no experience of going through the legal system of their own country, let alone one they are new to and in a language they might not understand.

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