Monthly Archives: May, 2015

University of Birmingham Report: Poverty among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

The Report concludes that:

“The review of evidence suggests that enforced poverty and destitution is a central feature of UK asylum policy, as compromising poor housing and a reduced level of welfare benefits. Many asylum seekers and refugees have endured persecution including rape, torture, multiple loss and denial of basic human rights: their poverty does nothing to alleviate the on-going physical and mental after effects. This review suggests that reducing the incidence of poverty and destitution as a matter of urgency would i) improve the quality and fairness of the asylum process and ii) lead to improved refugee health, wellbeing and integration.

View the report here.