Case Study – Josephine*

November 27, 2017 - In Case Studies, News Articles

Josephine is a female asylum seeker from Africa who was referred to Nottingham Arimathea Trust housing by the Fresh Start project in Leicester. She was working with the legal project at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum and a legal advisor contacted the home office to request that they release her file. After over a year with no response and a great deal of advocacy, Josephine’s file was received by the legal project so they could begin advising her on how to gain more evidence to support her case. Josephine also suffers from several health conditions and her housing situation was not helping this. At the beginning of 2016 we were contacted by a couple living on a sustainable housing development who had built a bungalow which they wished to be used to Host a destitute asylum seeker. Josephine moved in to this bungalow at the end of March 2016 and quickly became a well-integrated member of the community there. She volunteers regularly at NAT by speaking at events, cooking and fundraising for us. In addition, in 2016 she was supported by a local church to complete a theological reflection course. Josephine is now gathering expert evidence to support her fresh claim and continuing to be advised by the legal project at the Refugee Forum on how to proceed.

*names have been changed for anonymity