About refugees and asylum seekers

Refugees come to Britain because they are fleeing persecution from some of the world’s most dangerous countries. These include Syria, Sudan, Iran, Eritrea and Afghanistan. In many cases they feel quite isolated as they are separated from their family and friends and, in many cases, speak little or no English. Asylum seekers are not permitted to work and are not eligible for state benefits. Many local organisations benefit, however, as asylum seekers offer their time, skills and experience to benefit others in the city while they await a decision on their asylum claim.

A regularly updated list of local services for asylum seekers and refugees can be found on the City of Sanctuary website. The list includes websites and contact details for each.

Answers to some frequently asked questions can be found on the City of Sanctuary FAQs web page.

Underline image

Rate this page

The feedback you provide will help us continue to make improvements to our website.

Rate this page now