If you are at risk of persecution in your own country and need protection, you can apply for ‘asylum’ in another country. This is given under the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees Relating to the Status of Refugees.
An ‘asylum seeker’ is someone who has applied for asylum and is waiting for the government to make a decision. Asylum seekers have permission to stay in the UK while their claim is being decided.
If the government considers they will be at risk of persecution they will be granted ‘refugee’ status and permission to remain in the UK.
UK Visas and Immigration, which is part of the Home Office, is responsible for processing all claims.
Comprehensive details of on all aspects of applying for asylum to the UK, including:
is available at this link.
Further information can be found at the GOV.UK website.
Information on where to obtain legal advice on immigration and asylum problems can be found at this link.
Advice and Support on Asylum Issues
The Gateway Protection Programme (GPP) is the UK quota refugee scheme providing assistance to refugees designated as especially vulnerable by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
It is co-funded by the UK Border Agency and the European Refugee Fund (ERFIII) and has been running since 2004.
It currently a legal route for up to 750 refugees to settle in the United Kingdom each year, and is completely separate from the standard procedure for claiming asylum in the United Kingdom.
More information is available from UK Visas and Immigration.
Further information can be found at the following links:
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