Last weekend, a young Ugandan mother was found dead in her flat in Glasgow while her one-year-old son screamed beside her body. Mercy Baguma was an asylum seeker that had been granted limited leave to remain in the UK. She was employed until her leave to remain expired, forcing her to stop working, leaving her destitute and dependent on charities for food. Her cause of death has not been established, but the tragic case has spotlighted the opinion held by many refugee rights campaigners that asylum seekers should be able to work in the UK while claiming asylum. Asylum seekers in the UK are not here to get rich. Many of them aren't even aware of welfare benefits upon their arrival and have only come to the UK in hope of safety. When they arrive, they begin the process of requesting the right to reside in the UK. It is due to take six months for the government to decide whether asylum seekers have the right to remain. Until the decision is made, they are given temporary housing and receive a payment of £37.75 per week, per person. This payment needs to cover clothing, food, nappies, extracurricular activities for children,… Read full this story
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