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An asylum seeker is someone who has left their own country and is seeking protection in the UK. Under current legislation the council does not have any responsibility for providing housing or financial assistance to asylum seekers. This is the responsibility of the UK Border Agency.
A refugee is someone who has been given leave to remain in the UK after leaving their home country.
Refugees are entitled to live and work in the UK and to seek advice and housing from the council and housing associations.
The housing legislation requires the council to determine a person's eligibility for assistance when considering a homeless claim. Eligibility is concerned with immigration status.
A person subject to immigration control e.g asylum seekers are not eligible for assistance. Documentation to confirm immigration status is required when assessing a homeless claim.
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