30th November 2021

Refugee Women Connect is proud to partner with University of Birmingham on the SEREDA project on the experiences of forced migrant survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the UK asylum system. The study interviewed 68 survivors and 26 service providers in England and found survivors were being systematically failed by the Home Office through insensitive and inhumane interview practices, unsafe accommodation and poor provision of healthcare and psychological support.

Vulnerability to exploitation and intimate partner violence was increased by asylum practices that see many women listed as dependents on their husband’s asylum claims and policies restricting work while limiting asylum support payments to £5 per person per day.

Refugee Women Connect will continue to work with University of Birmingham and stakeholders to gain protections for survivors seeking asylum in the UK.

You can read the full report here.