New research published today (17th July) by NACCOM shows that people who are refused asylum in the UK, in many cases unjustly, can face extreme hardship, including destitution, homelessness and declining physical and mental health, following a negative decision on their asylum claim.
The research report – Refused? Experiences following a negative asylum decision – has been designed, led and delivered by NACCOM’s volunteer Community Researchers, Anum Ahmed, Geo, Kas, Nico, Afshan, and previously, J.A., who all have lived experienced of destitution and immigration control. It draws on 27 in-depth interviews with service users in the NACCOM network and contains powerful qualitative findings that explore the devastating personal impact and trauma that can follow a negative asylum decision. The report also outlines the systemic and practical barriers that people face, which can prevent them from going on to resolve their immigration status after an initial refusal.
It provides a vital insight into the human impact of poor and ineffective asylum decision-making and processes at a time when the Government is facing mounting pressure and scrutiny about its handling of the asylum system.