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    Q177: I want to claim asylum in the UK, how do I do it?

    If you want to stay in the UK as a refugee then you must apply for asylum. To be eligible you must have left your country and be unable to go back because you fear persecution.

    You should claim asylum at your port of entry into the UK. If you fail to claim asylum on arrival you will need to evidence to the authorities that you had a valid reason for not claiming asylum upon your first entry into the UK.

    Asylum seekers should make their application at their port of entry to the UK, or as soon as possible after entry, to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. In some cases, claimants should pursue their claim in another EU member state or other safe country, whereupon the Nationality Directorate can remove them to that country.

    For more information on eligibility and the process of applying for asylum please see the website in related links.

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