This research - undertaken by Hamse Abdilahi, long-time member of The Cotton Tree - focuses on the key issues that affect UK asylum seekers - the right to work, housing, mental health - and coverage of these in both mainstream and social media. It also looks at the future of asylum in the UK from a policy perspective. In a time of unprecedented pandemic—which laid bare the nation’s dysfunctional asylum process—the research finds numerous challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees related to the right to work, housing, mental health, and a polarised media divided along left and right ideological lines. However, local charities, local supportive communities and a vibrant left-wing media provide some hope for a positive change in the UK’s currently hostile immigration policies.

You can access the short report at ukasylumthroughthepandemic.pdf.