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Hope for Zimbabwean asylum seekers in UK

There is very good news for Zimbabwean asylum seekers, or failed asylum seekers, in the United Kingdom.The legal position has radically changed in regards to asylum seekers. The new position, called “RN”, states that:

 

258. The evidence establishes clearly that those at risk on return to Zimbabwe on account of imputed political opinion are no longer restricted to those who are perceived to be members or supporters of the MDC but include anyone who is unable to demonstrate support for or loyalty to the regime or Zanu-PF. To that extent the country guidance in HS is no longer to be followed.

 

259. The fact of having lived in the United Kingdom for a significant period of time and of having made an unsuccessful asylum claim are both matters capable of giving rise to an enhanced risk because, subject to what we have said at paragraph 242 to 246 above, such a person is in general reasonably likely to be assumed to be a supporter of the MDC and so, therefore, someone who is unlikely to vote for or support the ruling party, unless he is able to demonstrate the loyalty to Zanu-PF or other alignment with the regime that would negate such an assumption.

 

In plain English, the country guidance that the UK government must follow now officially recognises that it is too dangerous for many Zimbabweans to return their home country, and that Robert Mugabe has not ceded power to the MDC.

 

Therefore, any Zimbabweans who can credibly show that they did not and do not support Zanu-PF should be granted asylum in the UK.

 

Also, many Zimbabweans who have been settled in the UK for a “significant” amount of time should be granted asylum, as they will be assumed to be supporters of the MDC.

 

Before now, of course, you actually had to prove you were associated with the MDC, or the opposition, to get asylum, which, for many, was very difficult to do. This is very different. It recognises what most Zimbabweans in the UK have known for a long time – that going back to Zimbabwe from the UK is a very dangerous thing.

 

A grant of asylum will of course mean you can work in the U.K.

 

"Howe and Co. has many clients who are affected by RN. We are writing letters to you all and calling you too. However, some of you may have changed address and not got around to letting us know, or moved on because of fears relating to The Home Office. We urge you all to contact us as soon as possible.

 

Now is the best time for you to lodge new asylum claims. You can do this even if you have had a previous claim refused. Or you might be in the “Legacy” department – still contact us, please!"

 

 
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