There is an excellent report out today by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees about the problems faced when a refugee is granted refugee status following an asylum claim. Essentially, central government asylum support and accommodation is immediately terminated and local authority support takes time to become available. This leaves many refugees homeless and destitute just as they are finally recognised as a refugee.
The report recommends:
- The creation of a National Refugee Integration Strategy, to be overseen by a specially appointed cross-departmental Government Minister for Refugees.
- More than doubling the so-called move on period from Home Office support, the time given to newly recognised refugees to find new accommodation after they receive a positive decision on their status. The current 28-day period often results in destitution for newly recognised refugees in the UK currently.
- Providing extra support for newly recognised refugees and streamlining the process by which new refugees are assigned National Insurance Numbers and identity documents.
- Extra funding for English language classes.