Myths and Legends

1. There are too many people coming to the UK and seeking asylum when they don’t really need it.
Please check the Home Office website for details of how many people claimed asylum last year, how many were given it, how many had to go to appeal to get it and how many were refused. You will probably be very surprised, given all the media space given over to the problem. DASH works with people at all stages – pre-claim, during their claim, on and after acceptance and after refusal – and 99% of the people we see have a genuine need for protection. It is true that some of those people are unable to prove that need with evidence, and some will not be eligible for asylum, such as women who have suffered domestic difficulties in their home countries.

2. Asylum seekers are lazy and don’t want to work.
Asylum seekers are not allowed to work. DASH campaigns to change this. When people are given leave to remain and are permitted to work they are often only able to find part time temporary work in the beginning and are prepared to get up early and walk long distances to get there. Instead of working, asylum seekers make a substantial contribution to community life by volunteering and by supporting others in their community in a way not many British people do.

3. There are too many asylum seekers in Huddersfield.
There are around 600 asylum seekers in Huddersfield and that wouldn’t be a great crowd of supporters if they were the only ones turning up for a Huddersfield Town match.

4. Asylum seekers get lots of benefits and perks.
The benefit rate for all asylum seekers is £36.95 per week, although it is true they have accommodation and utilities provided. Child asylum benefit was recently cut by £15 per week per child and DASH is offering fresh fruit and vegetables to those families on a weekly basis at the moment. It is often mistakenly thought that asylum seekers are provided with phones or cars, but this is not the case. It is true that not all asylum seekers come to the UK with nothing and some have substantial bank accounts, but they will not be eligible for accommodation and benefits.

5. They don’t need much money as it will only be for a short while.
It is true some claims are processed and people given refugee status within six months, but many claims take much longer. Some DASH families have been on these pitiful benefit levels for as long as five years and we have one elderly lady who has been on it for TWELVE years. Generally speaking, people experience real hardship and struggle to give their children a decent life, particularly if they don’t receive their support in cash so that they can’t, for example, get on a bus to go anywhere.

6. It’s not just them coming here: they bring their whole family as well
Refugees are allowed to bring their spouse and children under 18. This means families are divided and may never be able to meet up again.

Please email us with any other queries you have regarding the asylum system and we will try to answer them.