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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 Migration is a rapidly changing field, so the information in the glossary may go out of date at any time.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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UK Border Agency [UKBA]
This was an agency of the Home Office between 2008 and 2013. Its work is now undertaken by two units of the Home Office: visa and immigration services and immigration law enforcement.
 
UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
This international agreement, along with the 1967 Protocol, forms the foundation of asylum and refugee processes in 147 countries, as it outlines the minimum standards for the treatment of refugees.
[Also known as: 1951 Convention, Refugee Convention, 1951 UN Refugee Convention.]
 
Unaccompanied asylum seeking child / children [UASC]
Children under the age of 18 who have claimed asylum in the UK but do not have a parent or guardian in this country. Local authorities have a duty to care for these children.
[Also known as: separated child / children.]
 
Undocumented migrant
A migrant who is in a country without permission: in the UK, someone who does not have permission from the Home Office to be in the UK
[Also known as: irregular migrant.]
 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR]
A United Nations agency which leads international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of refugees.


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