WHO WE HELP
DESTITUTE ASYLUM SEEKERS
Destitute asylum seekers are those whose cases are refused by the Home Office, causing them to become evicted from their Home Office funded accommodation, with no right to work or to claim housing or financial support from the government. NAT offers people in this situation a room in a shared house, so they have a safe space to start working on their further submissions or fresh asylum claims to the Home Office - this can be extremely difficult when living on the streets. We ensure that everyone we house has adequate legal representation.
Once our residents have been able to submit further submissions or fresh asylum claims to the Home Office, we support them in applying for ‘section 4’ accommodation, provided by the Home Office. This allows a bed space in our shared accommodation to become available to another destitute asylum seeker.
Whilst living with NAT, destitute asylum seekers receive £10 a month and a weekly food parcel from our partner charity, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum.
NEWLY RECOGNISED REFUGEES
Arimathea also temporarily houses newly recognised refugees who have been through the asylum process and have been granted leave to remain in the UK. The individuals have the right to work and to claim benefits. Residents are supported to resettle into their own independent accommodation and are also assisted with applying for benefits, ESOL classes, job searching and registering with health care providers.
Our housing for refugees is a mixture of self-contained flats, shared houses and family homes. All residents are given ongoing support from the NAT team and work with our resettlement officer to move into independent living. Events are promoted to them to encourage social integration and workshops are delivered to help them develop skills for independent living.
Recently the charity has been working with Nottingham Together to accept urgent referrals for those who have been subject to modern slavery and human trafficking. Modern slavery includes; forced labour, bonded labour, human trafficking, descent-based slavery, child slavery, forced and early marriage.
Between 2017-2018 police in England and Wales recorded 3,337 modern slavery offences, a 49% increase on the previous year. Yet, most victims of modern slavery go undetected so the Home Office estimates there are actually around 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK.