This study will highlight what is often neglected in the immigration debate – the
experience of the very people whose lives are destroyed by the UK immigration law,
the asylum seekers themselves. The study is based on the transcripts of interviews
with more than 400 Eritrean Refused Asylum Seekers; interviews that were carried
out by the Home Office as part of their initial application for asylum*. Of those 400,
30 people were interviewed once again so that insight could be gained into their
experiences of living in the UK once their claim for asylum is rejected.
* Names have been altered in order to protect the identities of asylum seekers whose
stories are being told.