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Asylum & Family Reunion for Asylum Seekers

Asylum is protection given by a country to someone who is fleeing persecution in their own country. It is considered under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is the key legal document in defining who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of states. The 1967 Protocol removed geographical and temporal restrictions from the Convention. To be recognised as a refugee, you must have fled your country and be unable to go back because you have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion and membership of a particular social group.

The UK also adheres to the European Convention on Human Rights, which prevents Home Office from sending someone to a country where there is a real risk of being exposed to torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.


States are responsible for protecting the fundamental human rights of their citizens. When they are unable or unwilling to do so- often for political reasons all based on discrimination- individuals may suffer such serious violations of their human rights that they have to leave their homes, their families, and their communities, to find sanctuary in another country. Since, by definition, refugees are not protected by their own governments, the international community steps in to ensure they are safe and protected.

If you do not qualify for asylum but the Home Office thinks there are humanitarian or other reasons why they should allow you to stay in the UK, Home Office may give you temporary permission to remain here.

If a person is a recognised refugee or is benefiting from humanitarian protection in the United Kingdom, the Home Office has a family reunion programme which allows him/her to be reunited with his/her family members (that is, those who were part of the family unit before he/she fled).

Please contact us today for further advice and assistance 020 3586 4050, 0758293 2830 or email info@aschfordslaw.com

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