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Support for asylum seekers

An asylum seeker is someone who comes to the UK, often fleeing persecution, torture or war, and applies for refugee status.

Until refugee status is granted, such a person remains an asylum seeker. Asylum seekers often encounter homelessness and face difficulty in obtaining accommodation.

The council has a statutory responsibility to offer assistance to asylum seekers under the National Assistance Act of 1948. We have a duty to provide accommodation and benefits to asylum seekers whilst they await the outcome of their case with the Home Office.

However, following changes in the law due to the Immigration and Asylum Act of 1999, asylum seekers that arrive after April 2000 no longer have a right to assistance and do not have to be provided for by the council.

Advice West is the network of local advice centres in Bristol and the surrounding area. The Advice West website has details of agencies that offer advice, information and legal advice on immigration and asylum issues.

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