But you will only be given refuge if you show that:
If you can show that you meet all the criteria above, then the UK has a duty not to return you to where you will face persecution.
The right to seek asylum is set out in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. It is one of the most important obligations in international law.
The UK has a long tradition of giving refuge to those escaping persecution, and this has saved the lives of many thousands of people who would otherwise have been killed.
Unfortunately, many people around the world continue to be at risk of persecution, so there continues to be a need for countries like the UK to provide a place of safety.
Asylum seekers are amongst the most vulnerable groups in society. Often they will have left everything behind when they fled their countries. They may have been subjected to torture, or they may have witnessed their loved ones being killed. Often their health and well-being will be seriously affected.
However, the UK and other European countries are making it increasingly difficult for people to exercise their right to seek asylum. Despite the fact that asylum seekers are entering countries legally under international law, they are often treated like criminals.
In particular Liberty is concerned about: