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Asylum seekers and refugees

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An asylum seeker is someone who comes to the UK and applies for refugee status.

Asylum seekers are often fleeing persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. 

Refugees and asylum seekers should always contact the UK Visas and Immigration Service in the first instance for information and support. In cases involving children and vulnerable adults, the UVIS will make the necessary referrals to local services as required. 

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