Olayinka is now 17, and currently lives in Rochdale with her mum and her two brothers (18 and 16). They are here because Olayinka refuses to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), part of cultural tradition within her father’s family and tribe in Nigeria.
Olayinka has made it crystal clear that she would rather die in Britain than be deported to Nigeria and endure FGM – she attempted suicide three months ago.Olayinka’s family fled from Nigeria and applied for asylum in Britain in 2009. Olayinka’s elder sister (her mother Abiola’s first child) was born in Nigeria and died in 1992, aged 8, after being forced to undergo FGM. When Abiola had Olayinka, she was terrified that the same could happen to her second daughter as well. This created great tension in Abiola’s marriage and she eventually left her husband in 2003. However, Olayinka’s paternal uncle continued to pressure mother and child. Continue reading “Olayinka and her family MUST stay in Britain!”
RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research) is a Manchester-based human rights organisation working with people, both locally and further afield, who are at risk of having their rights denied.
Although she was six months pregnant at the time she had to leave the country with her children in fear of her own and her children’s lives. Continue reading “Justice & Security for the Famakinwa Family!”
Accommodation and financial support for asylum seekers – Commons Library Standard Note: http://www.parliament.uk/topics/Asylum.htm
Published 03 February 2015 | Standard notes SN01909
Authors: Melanie Gower
Asylum seekers are not eligible for mainstream welfare benefits whilst waiting for a decision on their asylum application. Instead, if they are destitute, they can apply to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI, a Home Office directorate) for accommodation and/or financial support (‘asylum support’). Continue reading “What does Parliament say about asylum”
How does someone become a refugee? This page explains the basics of the process an asylum seeker goes through when they seek protection in the UK.
What is asylum?
If someone is at risk of persecution in their own country and needs protection, they can apply for ‘asylum’ in another country. This is given under the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees. Continue reading “The Asylum Process”
What are refugees?
A refugee is a person who:
‘owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country’