You have heard refugees’ stories not from the media that stirs up hate against them, or from the politicians that want to punish them, but from the people themselves – explaining in their own words how and why they came to the UK. Like them, millions of individuals and families worldwide have to leave their homes and seek refugee status. Every human shares the right to seek sanctuary, but many find that arriving in Britain doesn’t necessarily mean their search for safety and stability is over.
Right now, around 172,000 people who have asked for help in the UK are still waiting to find out if they’ll be protected as a refugee – trapped in the asylum system with no right to work, very little support and no opportunity to start rebuilding their lives. The government created this backlog by focusing on trying to put refugees off coming to the UK, rather than giving these claims a fair hearing quickly.
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