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A report by Leeds Health Access Team detailing the health impacts of destitution amongst 'failed' asylum seekers in Leeds, March 2006

Author[s] Goodwin, Elaine; Newell, Jo and Raynor, Alison

Date 2006



The purpose of the report was to inform the Leeds NEPCT directors and managers of the increased issue of destitution among 'failed' asylum seekers in Leeds.


The report is based on data gathered by the Health Access Team on destitute clients.

Key issues

The report addresses the issue of defining who is destitute and hidden homelessness and reviews estimates of destitute asylum seekers in Leeds. Reasons for a recent rise in estimated numbers are discussed, including changes to Section 4 support, and the Section 9 pilot. Areas of concern and health implications are outlined: rough sleeping, staying with friends or community, Section 4 support, pregnancy, families, restrictions on entitlement to primary and secondary NHS health care, and mental health. Organisations and initiatives working to address the issue of destitution among asylum seekers in Leeds are listed.


The report makes a series of recommendations to the Board of the NEPCT to address concerns about the health implications of asylum and health policy for failed asylum seekers and their children.

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Leeds North East Primary Care Trust Health Access Team for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Leeds

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