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The next UK General Election has been called for 4th July 2024!

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Free bus travel for people seeking asylum

Currently people seeking asylum who live in accommodation that provides food are given £49.18, and those who live in accommodation with food are given £8.86. This is less than £1.30 a day for clothing, toiletries, and travel. Given that a single bus journey costs £1.75, this presents a huge challenge for people seeking asylum who need to bring their children to school, meet appointments, and go to the doctors.

What do people seeking asylum do?

Citizens UK have run listening workshops to understand the experiences of people seeking asylum. Mothers and young children have had to walk long distances to go to primary school, as even though children have access to free bus travel, their parents do not. Asylum seekers desperate to learn English have missed classes because of the cost of travel. People who are unwell have had to walk long distances to access healthcare because of the cost of travel.

Does it affect anyone else?

Yes. By preventing asylum seekers from accessing affordable travel, every Londoner suffers. It creates a barrier for people seeking asylum who want to improve their English, give back to their communities through volunteering, and bring their children to school. In turn, this limits the opportunities of integration for people seeking asylum and their new communities.

Can we really win?

Yes! Free bus travel for people seeking asylum has already been passed in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The London Mayor’s office has the power to make this happen through TFL. And our campaign is key to ensuring Sadiq Khans pledge, to make London for everyone.

Citizens UK are building evidence for the importance of this campaign

If you’re currently seeking asylum and you could share your story, come to one of our events, or take a role in developing our campaign.

Citizens UK has a range of projects and campaigns calling for an end to the hostile environment for refugees and migrants in the UK. There are so many ways you can join our movement - from helping a refugee family resettle in their new home to lobbying the Government for equal and affordable access to Citizenship.

Read more about our different campaigns and find out how you can get involved.