England’s forgotten refugees: Out of the fire and into the frying pan

For those forced to leave their countries because of war and persecution, being recognised as a refugee means they can finally stop running and begin to rebuild their lives in safety. The Refugee Council works with many people who have recently had a positive decision on their asylum claim and routinely witness the conflicting emotions this brings: joy that they have finally found refuge coupled with anxiety about where they will live and how they will support themselves. This period of time can be very challenging as most refugees are unfamiliar with how the British housing and job markets work, what support they may be entitled to from the state and may have limited English. It can be bewildering and frightening.


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