Category: Refugees

Regional data is sparse and most of the published UK Border Agency figures do not include Northern Ireland as a separate category and the figures that are available are sometimes inconsistent. Most people who flee to the UK arrive in England. When the UK adopted the policy of dispersing asylum

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People seeking asylum are expected to submit their application at the ‘first available possibility’, which is usually deemed to be on arrival at a port or airport. This is not always possible in N Ireland because Immigration Officers are not always stationed at the ports, so it can be difficult

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The application process can be stressful. People may be scared of people in uniform, recalling traumatic events is difficult, and there is a fear of detention and return to the home country. Language difficulties may contribute to isolation for people who have lost all contact with friends and family.

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‘…when people flee persecution, the flight to safety is only the first part of their journey. The second stage – rebuilding life in a strange land – is equally important. Sometimes settling here can be as hard or harder than the original flight from tyranny. Integration is not about ‘fitting

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Bryson Intercultural/Migrant Help – Advice and support for people needing to claim asylum.Contact: Bryson House, 28 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7FE. Tel: (028) 9031 5744 Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) – This refugee-led group advises and supports refugees and people who are seeking asylum. Tel: 028 9024

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