Asylum Link Merseyside

Destitution Casework

One of our most intensive areas of work is with Destitute Asylum Seekers. This is a group at the very fringes of society with no support, housing or permission to work, with no way back into the system. Our casework initiative aims to re-engage people with the Asylum process and enable their lives to progress again.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy


  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
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In the past we provided extensive support to destitute asylum seekers but for a significant minority this resulted in them becoming completely reliant on us and failing to progress. This is unacceptable for many reasons and we feel that a casework model of presenting people with a range of options from individual campaigning and contact with other campaigning groups, through to engagement with the social services system and hard case support or eventually a new asylum claim, offers them a way out of destitution. This casework model runs parrallel to the destitution support offered and will help aleviate the helplessness many people in this situation feel. We plan to offer this service to all the destitute Asylum Seekers we see, currently around 200 per year. The governments estimate of up to 450,000 refused Asylum Seekers in its Legacy Case Resolution programme means there are significant numbers of people who could benefit from this casework service. The grant requested is for 2 years and supports caseworker and management costs