The Home Office’s plans to centralise all further submissions in Liverpool came into force on 30 March 2015. A letter from the Home Office explaining this decision is attached at the end of this article.
Concerns about this new barrier to justice has been expressed through the Refugee Council’s Fairness not Fares Campaign and City of Sanctuary is mobilising support for this campaign.
Now Liverpool City of Sanctuary and Asylum Link Liverpool have provided useful information for asylum seekers who have to attend a HO interview with their papers for a fresh submission for asylum. Local City of Sanctuary groups and other organisations who support this vulnerable and usually destitute group, can now refer them to Asylum Link for a friendly welcome, a meal, and most likely a lift from Asylum Link to the HO.
They have also provided us with maps with directions on how to get from bus and train stations to the HO Liverpool and to Asylum Help. Please share these with the refugee support sector in your city.
Liverpool Quakers are also discussing the kind of support that they may provide so there may be updates on other kinds of help on offer in the future – watch this space.
We are grateful to Liverpool and the Asylum Link team for offering sanctuary in such a practical and generous way.
The journey to Liverpool can be a long one – coach travel is cheaper but not possible from most places within one day – so this support will welcomed by many who might be forced to spend the night in bus stations or on long coach journeys. It is possible to renegotiate appointment times to fit in with off peak train travel times and to plan split tickets to reduce costs.
Please let us know about the extent of the need for help with transport, any fundraising that you may be doing and other relevant information which provides evidence that this regulation is a barrier to justice for future lobbying.