We use the term 'forced migrant' as an umbrella term for the following immigration backgrounds.
  • Asylum seeker is someone who has lodged an application for protection on the basis of the Refugee Convention or Article 3 of the ECHR.
  • Refugee is a former asylum seeker person who has been granted refuge in a country other than their home country. They have been able to prove that if they are returned home, they will be prosecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion. 
  • Humanitarian protection is given to people who, if sent back, would face punishment due to a previously not mentioned case.
  • Unaccompanied asylum-seeking child status is given in unique cases for children arriving to the country separated from parents, for a limited period of time, usually until they turn 17.5.
  • Limited leave to remain (previously called 'discretionary leave to remain') is given for applicants with unique cases to remain in the UK for a limited period of time.
  • Dependents or immediate family members of the categories mentioned above.

King's Sanctuary Programme aims to enhance understanding of forced displacement among our students, staff and alumni and to develop opportunities for them to make a positive contribution through engagement activities, training and volunteering. Please visit the King's Sanctuary Programme webpage to learn more about the programme, upcoming events and opportunities.


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