Who is an asylum seeker?
An asylum seeker is someone who has applied for asylum and is waiting for a decision as to whether or not they are a refugee. In other words, in the UK an asylum seeker is someone who has asked the Government for refugee status and is waiting to hear the outcome of their application.
Who is a refugee?
A refugee is a person who: ‘owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country’
The Diocese offers support to both these groups of highly marginalised people through some of its churches by taking a holistic approach to the needs of individuals seeking help. That is we seek to cover basic needs with available resources while seeking justice for the individual on a wider scale. The main point of contact for this work is the Nottingham based, Rainbow Project.
The Nottingham Arimathea Trust: www.nottinghamarimathea.org.uk. exists to house the most vulnerable destitute asylum seekers around the city.