This briefing is the outcome of research by Sue Lukes and Richard Williams, commissioned by the Refugee Council in May 2023, into the implications of the Illegal Migration Act that was introduced in the House of Commons on 7 March 2023 and that became law on 20 July 2023.
The research assesses the implications of the Act for people seeking asylum. In particular, it looks at the impact the Act may have on their principle needs to live with safety and dignity and to access protection and barriers to addressing them, such as access to legal advice and representation, appropriate housing, and financial support.
Download the briefing: Impact of the Illegal Migration Act on people seeking asylum [PDF]
More about the impact of the Illegal Migration Act
- Summary briefing: The Human Impact of the Illegal Migration Act and the Rwanda Plan
- Briefing: Impact of the Illegal Migration Act on those working with refugees and people seeking asylum
- Press release: Rwanda plan and Illegal Migration Act will increase dangerous journeys and drive refugees underground