Refugee Action
Waiting in the Dark

This report is based on interviews with 40 people who have first-hand experience of claiming asylum. During these interviews,
they told about traumatic encounters with the Home Office, as well as poor practice at all stages of an unfair and overly
adversarial system.

The research reveals a process that dehumanises, disempowers
and damages those who rely on it to make life-changing decisions. It highlights some of the individual stories behind the statistics that show a huge backlog of asylum cases waiting for a decision. The consequences of these delays are disastrous for the vulnerable people who live below the poverty line, banned from working and unable to rebuild their lives for so long.

The full report is available to download here