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Asylum seekers from Turkey and Cyprus

If your claim for asylum has failed and you are from Turkey or Cyprus then you may be able to claim benefits while you are waiting to be removed from the UK.

What support is available?

The UK has entered into legal agreements with the following countries:

  • Turkey
  • The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

The UK has promised to provide the citizens of these countries with medical and social assistance while they are in the UK. This means that if your asylum support has been stopped and you have no other way of supporting yourself then you will be able to claim the following benefits:

To find out more about your rights and whether or not you can claim benefits you should contact the Scottish Refugee Council (SRC). Alternatively you should visit a Jobcentre Plus office to find out about your rights and start making your claim.

Am I eligible to claim benefits?

Before you can claim benefits you must be able to show that you are 'legally present' in the UK. As long as your claim for asylum has failed and you have followed all the instructions the UK Border Agency has given you about leaving the UK then you should be classed as legally present.

You may also be eligible to make an application for homelessness assistance to your council after you have been told to leave your accommodation. For more information on how to go about doing this, see the section on homeless applications.

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