The Destitution Trap

The Destitution Trap


Written by: Kevin Smith

A report published by Refugee Action explores the causes and effects of destitution among rejected asylum seekers in the UK.

‘The Destitution Trap’ is centred on interviews carried out with 125 people in nine cities in the UK by a team of independent consultants with extensive experience in the field of human rights and asylum. The disturbing results reveal the extensive suffering caused by the government’s policy of cutting off support for rejected asylum seekers. Over half of the interviewees had been destitute for over a year and many, including pregnant women and those with physical or mental disabilities, were particularly vulnerable.

The interviewees give personal testimonies as to why they sought asylum, their experiences of applying for asylum and the effect that destitution has had on them. Their experiences are analysed to give valuable insight into questions such as what causes the destitution, what effect the current system having on asylum seekers and what effect destitution having on society.

The report concludes that destitution as a tool of public policy is not having any significant impact in influencing whether or not rejected asylum seekers choose to return to their home country, with the vast majority of interviewees when asked choosing destitution over persecution.

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Download a free copy of The Destitution Trap here (pdf file, 807kb)

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The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

0 thoughts on “The Destitution Trap

  1. it not possible to like this think with humans who sinking for help and support. I think we have to help people who need help and we should do best we cen. If government not have money to support those people,probably need to ask them to find job and support they felfs. To make life harder to them it not solution and not write.

  2. The reason this was only announced 24 hours previously is because they knew they couldn’t get it though any debate or legitimate discussion. Its just another ill thought out panic measure that will create more problems than it solves, Phil Woolas hasn’t made the grade at cabinet level as this shows, he needs to be replaced urgently with someone with a bit of experience before we end up with the tories back in.

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