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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 Migration is a rapidly changing field, so the information in the glossary may go out of date at any time.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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Section 4 [S4]
Refused asylum seekers who are destitute can apply to the Home Office for support if they are unable to travel back to their country of origin through no fault of their own. This is known as 'Section 4' because it was introduced by Section 4 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. Support consists of accommodation and non-cash subsistence payments.
[Also known as: hard case support.]
 
Section 4 Payment Card
A way of providing cashless support to refused asylum seekers. The card replaces an earlier scheme that provided vouchers.
[Also known as: Azure Card.]
 
Section 9 [S9]
A piece of legislation, introduced by the Asylum and Immigration [Treatment of Claimants, etc] Act 2004, which can withdraw Section 95 support from families whose asylum claims have failed and who do not take appropriate steps to leave the UK. The policy was piloted from December 2004 - 2005. The policy has not been rolled out, but remains on the statute.
 
Section 95 [S95] support
Asylum seekers who are destitute can apply to the Home Office for support to cover essential living needs and accommodation while their asylum claim is processed. This is known as 'Section 95' because it was introduced by Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. It also usually covers refused asylum seekers with families.
[Also known as: Section 95.]
 
Section 98 [S98] support
Asylum seekers who are destitute are given temporary support while their dispersal accommodation is arranged, often in 'Initial accommodation'. This is known as 'Section 98' because it was introduced by Section 98 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
[Also known as: Initial accommodation, Section 98.]
 
SMG
Strategic Migration Group.
 
Subsistence-only
Asylum seekers who do not wish to be dispersed and accommodated by the Home Office may be eligible for support under Section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to meet living expenses. This is provided in cash payments.
[Also known as: subs-only.]


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