Chance or Choice? Understanding why asylum seekers come to the UK

Heaven Crawley

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


    There is considerable interest among policy makers in the UK and elsewhere in the decision making of asylum seekers and the factors affecting the place in which they claim asylum. The Refugee Council commissioned this research to investigate the reasons why asylum seekers come to the UK. A significant proportion of politicians, policy makers and the public appear to believe that asylum seekers are actually economic migrants who make decisions about where to seek asylum based on information about asylum systems, opportunities for employment and access to welfare benefits. There is a widely held belief that asylum seekers have a sufficiently detailed knowledge of these phenomena to make rational and informed choices about their final destination. This research investigates the decisions made by asylum seekers who come to the UK and explores the extent to which these decisions are a reflection of chance or choice. It builds upon the growing, but as yet still limited body of evidence about the ‘choices’ that individuals are (or are not) able to exert over the country in which they will seek asylum, and the factors that might contribute to the decision making process
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherRefugee Council
    Commissioning bodyRefugee Council
    Number of pages60
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Refugees
    • Asylum Seekers
    • Decision Making
    • Journeys
    • United Kingdom
    • Public Policy


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