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Glossary

We hope you find this glossary useful as a basic guide to terms used within this website. If you would like us to add any words or terms, please let us know. Migration is a rapidly changing field, so the information in the glossary may go out of date at any time. The definitions are not legal definitions, and they do not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should consult a qualified legal adviser.


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Destitution
The Home Office describes destitution as having no accommodation and / or money to buy food. Others widen this definition to include the inability to meet basic needs, with no right to statutory support or the right to work.
 
Discretionary Leave [DL]
A form of permission to stay in the UK for exceptional reasons. This is sometimes granted to someone who does not qualify for protection under the 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Unaccompanied asylum seeking children [UASC] are sometimes granted Discretionary Leave until they can claim asylum as an adult.
 
Dispersal
This describes the process where asylum seekers requesting accommodation support are sent to different areas of the UK to be housed. This system was introduced by the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act.


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