The Refugee Council are a great up to date resource for anybody interested in learning more about asylum in the UK and abroad.

Q -Who are Refugees?

Persons outside of their country of origin AND unable or unwilling to get protection from their own state, AND a well-founded fear of persecution.

The persecutions must be due to:




Political opinion

Membership of a particular social group (eg. women at risk of FGM, learning difficulties, homosexuality)

In the UK, a person is officially a refugee when they have their claim for asylum accepted by the British government.

Q - Who are Asylum Seekers?

A - A person who has left their country of origin and formally applied for asylum in another country but whose application has not yet been concluded. They are then in the asylum system

Q - Who is a migrant?

A - A person who leaves their homeland in order to find work or better living conditions.

Q - Where are all the refugees coming from?

A – According to Home Office statistics, people from Syria, Iran and Sudan represent the highest number of asylum applications. People from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Somalia are also heavily represented.

Q - Why don’t they claim asylum somewhere else?

A - 95% of all Syrian refugees are now hosted in neighbouring countries. Turkey has welcomed 1.59 million refugees while Lebanon has accepted 1.15 million. Iran has 982,000. While the Syrian crisis dominates headlines, the volume of refugees flowing out of Afghanistan and Somalia is no less troubling. Pakistan hosted the second-largest number of refugees last year due to the 2.59 million Afghans seeking refuge. Meanwhile, 1.11 million Somalis were forced to flee their homes, many relocating to Ethiopia.

Q - Why don’t you help British people on the streets?

A - We do. You too can join some of our members on the Bristol soup run. Click here to find out more. We also give any excess donations we have to other homelessness charity’s in Bristol.

Q - What do refugees and asylum seekers need?

A - Here is our list of donations needed

Q - Why don’t you take kids’ clothes?

A – Sadly, we do not have the space to store children’s clothes.

Q - Can I volunteer in Europe?

A - A simple and effective way to get involved on the ground would be to volunteer in the COMMUNITY REFUGEE KITCHEN - they have been doing some amazing work, feeding thousands out of their Calais warehouse.