We welcome this report from the Refugee Council which followed 8 new refugees for a year and recommends a change in policy for new refugees to prevent homelessness and destitution – a problem we recognise.
Receiving refugee status can provide certainty and safety, but the period of change between being an asylum seeker and a refugee brings its own challenges. Happiness is quickly followed by bewilderment and isolation when evicted from national asylum seeker support accommodation, before refugees are able to access a biometric residence card, national insurance number, mainstream benefits and housing.
We recommend this report and hope that our supporters will alert their MPs to its findings and recommendations.
- Home Office should continue to support refugees until they have full access to other means of
- support. Specifically their duty as defined by Asylum Support Adjudicators and acknowledged by the
- Home Office should be written into policy.
- Refugees seeking access to the privately rented sector should be able to access funding from
- government to pay for a deposit in recognition of the fact that if they have been on asylum support
- they will not have any savings.
- The Home Office should ensure that relevant documentation is received by refugees in a timely
- manner. Guidance to staff must include instructions to continue asylum support until this has been
- Government guidance to banks should advise them what documents are issued to refugees and
- others with leave so that they are encouraged to recognise them as evidence of identity.
- The Government should re-instate RIES as refugees are in no less need of the support than when the
- service was first conceived.
- Service providers need a better understanding of the types of documentation refugees will have in
- their possession, and adjust their policies accordingly.
The report is attached here.
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