FAQs

What is a refugee?

Someone who has fled their home due to war or persecution.
In order to be granted refugee status, you must claim asylum and meet the criteria of the 1951 Geneva Convention on the Rights of Refugees.

What are a refugee’s rights?

Under the Geneva Convention, if you will be persecuted when returned home you may be granted refugee status. Persecution might be on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion. The Government can also grant HP (Humanitarian Protection) to those not protected by the Convention i.e through gender or sexuality.

What’s the difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker?

An asylum seeker has submitted an application to the Home Office and is waiting for the outcome. If your claim succeeds and you are granted refugee status you will be given leave to remain for five years. As a failed asylum seeker, you are likely to be removed from the country.

Are all immigrants asylum seekers?

An immigrant is simply someone who has come to live in this Country – this includes refugees, asylum seekers, international students, people on work or marriage visas and many more…

What’s an undocumented migrant?

Someone who lacks the relevant permit for residence or Employment in their chosen country. Many migrants entered Europe legally but through policies and procedure beyond their control found themselves without the necessary paperwork.

I keep hearing about unaccompanied children..

If a young person under 18 arrives in the UK without a parent or guardian and claims asylum, they will be looked after by the local authorities. Separated children can be the result of war, disaster or the long journey to a new country.

I’d like to help a child and have a spare room..

You need to register as an approved foster carer. The process can take up to six months.

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