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Below you will find detailed research reports from various organisations about asylum seekers living in destitution in the UK. If you have any reports that you would recommend for this page, please leave a comment on the “blog” tab of this website.

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Models of Accommodation and Support for Destitute Migrants with NRPF A resource for practitioners and groups who want to get involved

Produced for Housing Justice, NACCOM and Praxis by Ceri Hutton and Sue Lukes (April 2015)

There are a range of projects across the UK which have highlighted the presence of destitute migrants and the need to develop responses to their humanitarian needs. These projects have also developed innovative practices that have the potential to inspire others. This resource identifies some of the elements of best practice in relation to these models.

How to improve Services for Destitute Migrants

Heather Petch, John Perry and Sue Lukes

This report explains the nature and urgency of the problems affecting destitute migrants, what solutions might work and how obstacles to helping them can be tackled. It also gives advice on overcoming legal obstacles to giving help to destitute migrants.

Models of Immigration Advice

Gina Clayton, ASSIST Sheffield

This study focuses on the legal needs of destitute refused asylum seekers. It builds on a 2013 report published by Asylum Aid: Rethinking Asylum Legal Representation. It sits within the 2015 movement of the homelessness and advice sectors whose aim is to collaborate and end destitution among migrants, and is addressed to funders, strategists and also to destitution support organisations. It shows that organisations that provide accommodation and destitution support are well placed to increase access to, and thereby the effectiveness of, asylum legal advice.

Accommodation in London for Rough Sleepers with NRPFA Housing Justice report

Older reports

Coping with Destitution: Survival and livelihood strategies of refused asylum seekers living in the UK
Oxfam, February 2011

Coping with Destitution uncovers how the tens of thousands of refused asylum seekers currently living in the UK, with no access to legitimate means of securing a livelihood, survive on a day-to-day and longer-term basis. The strategies adopted by destitute asylum seekers have been analysed to ensure a systematic understanding of the different types of resources to which asylum seekers do – and do not – have access, and the impact this has on their lives. This approach also helped to identify changes to government policy that could help prevent destitution among refused asylum seekers. Fundamentally, the need to remain hidden and to avoid any risk of being deported affects every decision made by destitute asylum seekers, and in turn the coping strategies which they adopt. The survival strategies they adopt are a consequence of asylum policy in the UK.

Tens of thousands of people would rather live in poverty and in constant fear of deportation – reliant on friends, transactional relationships, commercial sex work or low-paid illegal work – rather than return to their country of origin. This suggests a failure of government policy.

“Not gone, but forgotten”.
Red Cross, June 2010

Not gone, but forgotten explores the Red Cross’ work supporting thousands of destitute asylum seekers and refugees throughout the UK, and the daily challenges they face just to survive.

In particular, it explores the experiences of refused asylum seekers who have reached the end of the appeal process and suggests some policy solutions to help improve their humanitarian situation. The report’s findings show that, under current policy, thousands of refused asylum seekers are denied employment, made homeless, refused healthcare and rely on handouts to survive.


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