Our Film: Seeking Asylum in the UK

WERS helps three different groups of people:

Asylum Seekers, whose applications are being considered by the Home Office.

Refugees, who have been given permission to stay in the UK.

Destitute Asylum Seekers.  Current government policy means that when asylum seekers’ applications are refused by the Home Office, they lose their financial state support and are evicted from their accommodation.  Many are unable to leave the UK through no fault of their own.  Maybe they are stateless and have no country to return to.  Maybe they are prevented from going home because their government will not provide them with travel documents.  Maybe they are too sick to travel or there is no viable route to return home.  Some refused asylum seekers have been in the UK many years and have developed strong ties with the UK.  Some may be in long-standing relationships and may have children born in the UK.

The film explains why people have to flee their homes and seek asylum as refugees in other countries. It provides statistics on the global context, details the asylum process in the United Kingdom, and provides the story of Ayesha and her experience seeking sanctuary in Newcastle with the assistance of the West End Refugee Service.

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