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Opening a bank account

The Immigration Act 2016 introduced measures that mean asylum seekers are unable to open current accounts (ILPA information sheet Aug 2016)

LASSN (Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network) has information for refugees on how to open a bank account

Refugee Council also have a guide to banking for refugees, available in several different languages (Nov 2020)

The Citizens Advice Bureau also has a section on opening a bank account once you have refugee status (scroll down to the last section)

One of the Sanctuary in Politics graduates, Iman, living in West Yorkshire, has created a film documenting the experiences of people seeking sanctuary accessing bank accounts.