Sisters Not Strangers is a campaign led by refugee and asylum-seeking women to build solidarity for women who have come to the UK to seek safety but have instead been made destitute.
Right now, hundreds of women who have come to this country to find safety are living completely destitute.
Many people who come to the UK to claim asylum are unfairly refused. This may be because they have struggled to collect the evidence they need, because they couldn’t find a good lawyer, or because the Home Office didn’t give them a fair decision. When someone is refused asylum they can be left without any support, any housing, or any right to work.
Lots of these people do go on to get leave to remain in the end, after years of struggle. But in the meantime destitution is really hard, particularly for women. Women who are destitute are often abused, exploited, suffer ill health and become depressed.