Case Study – Mohammed*

November 27, 2017 - In Uncategorized

Mohammed is a male asylum seeker from West Africa who was housed by Nottingham Arimathea Trust in 2012 whilst his case was going through the judicial review process. The Home Office were disputing his nationality and despite several visits to the embassy of his country of origin, the officials were refusing to grant him documents, discriminating against him because of his ethnicity. Mohammed moved in to our accommodation and was supported with registering at a GP, communicating with his solicitor and finding volunteering opportunities. He began volunteering at NAT, painting several of our houses and carrying out other maintenance work. In 2014 Mohammed moved out of NAT accommodation to live with friends but kept in contact with us through volunteering. He also joined the NAT team at Nottingham Citizens and spoke to MP’s, Councillors and members of the public about his life as an asylum seeker and immigration detention. This experience helped to build his confidence and many people began to follow his case. After several postponements and adjournments, Mohammed’s case finally reached the upper tribunal in October 2016 and he was granted refugee status by the judge. He has continued to volunteer with NAT and has now found work in the construction industry.

*names have been changed for anonymity