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Asylum & Human Rights Applications

We provide action and advice to those of you who can claim asylum in the UK, the requirements you must meet, and how you should make your application. The UK has a proud tradition of providing a place of safety for genuine refugees. However, the Home Office is determined to refuse protection to those who do not need it, and they will take steps to remove those who have no valid grounds to stay here.

The British Government should recognize you as a refugee and grant you leave to enter/remain in the United Kingdom if you are outside the country of your nationality and have a “well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion” under the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951 and are not subject to any of the exclusions set out in the Convention.

We can also help you to seek international protection
if you fear a violation of your human rights on return,
as laid out in the European Convention on Human Rights 1950.

“Well-founded fear”
It is not enough to say that you fear persecution; you will need to demonstrate that your fear is a real one. You should provide the immigration authorities a written statement containing a detailed account of your experiences in your country of origin, show what has given rise to your fear of persecution, and provide as much documentary evidence or supporting testimony from other people as you can of what you say in your statement, including evidence about the country situation.

“Persecution”
The persecution you fear must amount to serious harm - torture, execution, arbitrary imprisonment or other types of severe abuse of your human rights. “Persecution” may be by the state authorities themselves, or by other sections of the population from whom the government is unwilling or unable to protect you. What matters is what may happen to you on your return.

“Race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion”
You will need to show that you would be persecuted because you belong to one of the above categories. Religion might include Muslim in a Christian country or Christian in a Muslim country. “Social group” might include women, gay men and lesbians. “Political opinion” may be your own political opinion or it may be one that is imputed to you, i.e., an opinion you are believed by others to hold or to be indentified with. The government undertakes research on the treatment of individuals in countries throughout the world and will usually consider your claim according to the information it has, including legal decisions in other cases. Many cases turn on whether the claim is believed.

If you are already in the UK you must apply in person to the UK Home Office for asylum and you should do this as soon as possible. However, you should get legal advice first: You need to be ready to explain in detail why you are a refugee and you will need legal assistance to do that well. In addition, the asylum system is complex and you may find your claim is dealt with very quickly. You may be detained while your claim is processed, and your case fast-tracked, which means that the decision making process and any appeal could be dealt with in a matter of weeks, during which time you will remain in detention.
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