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Campaign for safe routes to the UK to claim asylum

January 17, 2022 8:48 PM
By Chris

Have you ever heard someone say "refugees should come via the proper channels" or "they should apply for asylum at a British embassy if they want to come here"?

Sadly these are common misconceptions about the process of claiming asylum and in response to claims like these, this is what you can say:

You must be standing on British soil, in the UK, in order to claim asylum here.

· You cannot claim asylum at a British Embassy

· You cannot fill out a form online

· You cannot send a letter to the Home Office with your details asking for asylum

According to the Government's own rules, in order to claim asylum, you must be in the country.

Sadly, most refugees aren't able to travel like many of us do. For example, travel documents are hard to obtain if you're trying to evade torture at the hands of your own government. Most people need a visa to enter to the UK, yet there is no visa that allows someone to travel to the UK to claim asylum.

These obstacles force vulnerable people to make their own dangerous, traumatic journeys. No one wants to risk their life in a rubber dinghy or the back of a lorry, or walk hundreds of miles carrying all their possessions. Refugees only do it because there is no other way for them to seek safety.

This is why we need to fight for more safe routes to the UK for refugees. If the Government insists that people must be in this country to claim asylum, then the least we can do is make that journey a safe one.

We will keep you informed as the Refugee Council builds up their campaign to establish and expand safe routes to the UK, like resettlement schemes, family reunion and humanitarian visas