Current Policy: Resources And Info

This page seeks to inform RefugeeMap users of emerging and ongoing issues of concern for people seeking asylum, which are the direct result of current asylum policy. This information could be used as the basis for local campaigning work, may be useful for people writing essays on asylum policy, or may simply be an interesting insight for people who want to know more.

The Destitution of Children, Young People and Families seeking asylum
There is a growing concern amongst refugee organisations about the concentrated deprivation and enforced destitution which exists within asylum seeking communities wthin the UK. A number of problems, from the minimal financial subsistence for families seeking asylum and denial of the right to work, to the the gap between adult and child support for separated asylum seeking young people leaving care, are contributing to a situation in which many people are being deliberately impoverished, with poor implications for their physical and emotional wellbeing.

This is still an area in which research that specifically focuses on the experiences of children and young people is very limited. It is therefore hard to assess how many children and young people are currently affected by these problems, and what the long term repercussions are for them and their families. Understanding of this widespread concern often requires detailed technical and legal knowledge, which can also hinder us, as volunteers, getting to grips with the issues. Below are some useful links to websites and reports, which may help those who are interested to find out more about this widespread concern.

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