Throughout this assignment theauthor will be discussing the social construction of asylum seekers and howthis impacts the group itself. Furthermore, the discussion will be broadeninginto how social construction can impact on service provision for the group,linking this to the role of a social worker within society. The assignmentitself will be delving into key issues within society that have been createdthough the social construction of asylum seekers, these issues include the 28-daysystem, the benefit system and the oppression faced by this group withinsociety. The argument that the author will be posing is that the government havefailed asylum seekers. To support this the author will be making cleardistinctions between the 28-day system and how this and the benefit system havemade it almost impossible for asylum seekers to maintain a lifestyle that isfinancially stable and mentally.
“Aperson who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons ofrace, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group orpolitical opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or,owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of thatcountry”The1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees In the United Kingdom, there are168,978 thousand asylum seekers, this is equivalent to the size of Rochdale inManchester. In June 2017, records showed that over 16,000 people were grantedeither resettlement, asylum or another form of protection, these statisticsalso show a significant 7% increase on last year’s findings. As seen in thenews, 2015/16/17 were the years that refugees and asylum seekers had the mostmedia coverage, with hundreds of thousands of individuals fleeing from Syriaand Libya in fear of death from war, unfortunately not all asylum seekers madeit to their destination with over 5000 individuals dying on the journey oftreacherous conditions from country’s such as Greece, Germany etc. When reviewing relevant legislations and social policy linkedto asylum seekers it is clear to see that a range of legislations underpin thecare and safety of the service user. When delving into specific legislationsuch as the Care Act 2014, although the majority of legislations protect asylumseekers, the Care Act has been recognised to do the opposite. In the case lawof R(SG) v London Borough of Haringey 2015 the claimant is an afghan asylumseeker who arrived in the United Kingdom in 2013, this individual wasaccommodated by the home office under the immigration asylum act 1999 section95. The claimant does not speak English and also suffers from severe mentalhealth issues.
The claimant requested accommodation provision in February underthe national assistance act 1948 and this was denied.