Poor health, no wealth, no home

2016 Feb 3 Red CrossRed Cross report: Fleeing your home and arriving in a new country is a traumatic experience. The British Red Cross supports vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers as they settle into their new home and lives. But once here in the UK, many people who fled one extraordinary crisis now face another: destitution.

As one man said to us during the research: “You lose your whole self-worth.”

This latest report on destitution from the Red Cross uses the experiences of asylum seekers across South Yorkshire as a case study. However, the findings are likely to be echoed throughout the UK – and they paint a bleak picture:

Two-thirds of asylum seekers report regular hunger – and a quarter are going hungry every day.

More than half have no fixed address. In our experience, this adds to the risk of serious – including sexual – exploitation.

More than half said their health had worsened.

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