22 Jun I work at the food bank more than I use it – it’s my way of thanking Britain for considering my asylum | Paul
I’m so grateful to be here but I wish asylum seekers could work. We would take the jobs people didn’t want to do, pay taxes and help the economy
- This article is part of a series, the heat or eat diaries: dispatches from the frontline of Britain’s cost of living emergency
My wife and I landed at Heathrow airport toward the end of 2020 and claimed asylum. We had to sell everything we owned to afford the flights – all we brought with us were a few clothes. I have to thank the UK government and all the immigration staff, the airport workers, the officials at every stage. Everyone has been kind.
Since then, we’ve been moved to accommodation in three different locations. I had my interview with the Home Office last year and we are still waiting to hear if we have permission to remain. Until then, we’re not entitled to work. Instead, we each receive £41 a week.
As told to Anna Moore. Paul is in his 30s and is an asylum seeker living in the north of England. Names have been changed
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