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About Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Who is a Refugee?

A refugee is someone who has been forced to leave their country. Everyone has the right to seek asylum. This is an essential human right, as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

When does a person become a Refugee?

A person becomes a refugee if their asylum application is successful and they are given permission to live in the UK for a fixed period. Some refugees are granted indefinite leave to remain.

Who is an Asylum Seeker?

An asylum seeker is a person who has made a formal application for asylum with the Immigration service (part of the Home Office) and is awaiting a decision on that claim.

What do Asylum Seekers receive?

Asylum Seekers receive basic housing (not Council housing), food vouchers and a certain amount of money. They are not allowed to work.

Support available for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

You can find out more information in our welcome pack - Welcome to Nottingham Directory

The New Arrivals Coordinator

The New Arrivals Coordinator works with asylum seekers and refugee families in the City of Nottingham. This includes supporting these families to access the services, benefits and guidance they need to settle into Nottingham. 

New Arrivals Coordinator can be contacted by:

Email:  community.cohesion@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or Call 0115 876 4691

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum is a community organisation working with and for asylum seekers and refugees in the city and county.

They provide friendship, support and advice to refugees and asylum seekers, such as assisting with completing forms, accessing services and activities, and generally helping them settle in a new environment. 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum can be contacted by:

Email: info@nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk or Call 0115 960 1230  or visit Nottingham Refugee Forum Website

You can also visit their Facebook page

Conversation Café

Join us at Nottingham Playhouse for our Conversation Café, where refugees and people seeking asylum can come for a free hot drink and a chat.
Monday 9 January - Monday 20 March at 4-5pm (no session during half term on Monday 13 February)

For more information and contacts, visit Conversation Café | Ask Lion Website

Things to do in Nottingham

Website - Refugees and Asylum Seekers | Ask Lion - Things to do in Nottingham Directory

Contact Us

Shama Sharif
Asylum Seeker and Refugee Co-ordination Officer

Loxley House
Station Street

Tel: 0115 8764691


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