Project Summary

This interdisciplinary research provides the first detailed study of the effects of the legal and welfare effects of Covid-19 on asylum seeking children and young people in the UK.

It evidences empirically how asylum seekers (aged 16-25) and their legal, welfare and civil society representatives are responding to the delays and disruption in front line services and suggest concrete legal, policy and practice proposals to ensure their rights and welfare are upheld.

Peer Research Method

The LOHST project used a ‘Peer Research’ methodology to gather interview data from young asylum seekers. The approach recruited young asylum seekers as co-researchers to help shape the direction of the project. Drawing on their lived experience of navigating the asylum system to help interview other young asylum seekers undergoing similar experiences during Covid-19. This approach allows us to:

Listen to the voices of young asylum seekers. Listen to what you have to say. Express your stories in a manner that you feel comfortable.

Use your stories and accounts to make recommendations to lawyers, policy makers, social workers and other decision makers about how to make the asylum process fairer.

Enable you to share your stories and personal details in a confidential way.

Keeping you SAFE

You are free to leave the project at any time if you change your mind. Or if during the interviews you don’t feel comfortable, you can leave at any time. If you decide to leave, we will delete all the data for you.