Women and children claiming asylum in the United Kingdom who fear return to their countries of origin on the basis that they will be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) may be a member of a particular social group for the purposes of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Read more on what the UK government’s stance on the practice and how it is dealt with where an asylum seeker raises the convention reason.
Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected
provides Article 1 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union 2000/EC 364/01.
Those claiming asylum in the UK who are solely reliant upon government support have no other source of financial support and in light of the current government stance towards such asylum claimants there is a real risk of their living in poverty and potentially being destitute thus adversely affecting their ability to have a dignified standard of living in UK.
Some asylum claimants coming to the UK looking for protection are vulnerable victims of torture and may also consist of families with young children . Whilst their claims are being progressed, for those who have applied for and are eligible for asylum support, the UK government has a duty to provide them with such support. There is therefore a need for provision of dignified levels of support that meet the essential living needs of these vulnerable claimants – they have to be viewed as needing to spend as much as UK households to meet their essential needs.
Reports in the media at times appear to give the impression that asylum claimants supported by the government are living in luxury…
On 16 September 2014 the UK Government set out in a Factsheet: The UK ‘s Humanitarian Aid Response to the Syria Crisis and Region how it is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and other neighboring countries, “As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of asstiance. The UK has committed £600 million to provide humanitarian support including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region”.
The question however arises as to whether largely offering financial aid is enough to deal with the crisis of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe including the UK. Further, regard should be had as to how and whether Syrians fleeing violence in Syria are provided with refugee protection by the UK government.
Read my views on the UK’s and Europe’s response on the humanitarian situation in Syria.