Destitution among refugee and asylum-seeking children

Issue 138 (Spring 2011)

Fleeing from persecution to seek protection in a different country places already vulnerable families in a precarious position. Often families are forced to live on amounts that fall far short of providing for their basic needs and which place them well below the poverty line as their asylum claim is processed, which can take several months or even years. Asylum seekers are excluded from working in the UK and most are unable to access benefits and tax credits, instead relying on little more than £5 a day – while many others are left destitute.