Asylum and Human Rights


A person who flees their country of origin because of persecution in that country and seeks the protection of the UK government is known as a refugee or a person seeking asylum. The reason for the persecution must come within one of five reasons set out in international law. The reasons are:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership of a particular social group
  • Political opinion

Furthermore, the asylum seeker must not be able to seek protection in the country where they are from, not be able to live safely in the country where they are from and not have come to the UK via another safe country where they could have sought asylum.

People also have Human Rights in the UK and can claim that their removal from the UK would mean that these Human Rights are breached. Examples of these legal rights are a right to life and a right to freedom from torture.

An application for asylum is free, however much of a claim for asylum is based on the Home Office or an Immigration Judge's opinion that you are telling the truth. If you are not believed it is often because of discrepancies in your version of events. It is only possible to make one claim for asylum unless there have been significant changes in your circumstances. It is therefore paramount that you get it right first time.

Using an Immigration Solicitor will mean that the proper documentation is submitted to the Home Office within the strict time limits set by the Home Office. They will also be able to give you advice on what will happen in interviews with the Home Office and whether you can appeal against decisions. This will reduce the chance of your application being refused by the Home Office.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on how to make an application for asylum or on the basis of your Human Rights being breached Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist immigration solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local immigration solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web form above.

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