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14 May, 2007

Free guide for young asylum seekers and refugees

The Citizenship Foundation has published a free illustrated guide for young asylum seekers and refugees aged 14-19, and those who support them.

Life and Law in Britain: A guide for young asylum seekers and refugees provides information to help young asylum seekers and refugees understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to everyday needs and provided support workers with a guide to everyday law, helping them to promote inclusion, literacy and legal understanding.

Authors Richard Jarvis and Tony Thorpe said “Settling into a new country is never without problems - particularly for those who have been forced to flee from home under difficult or dangerous circumstances. We hope that Life and Law in Britain will be a useful source of information for young asylum seekers and refugees and for those who support, or are responsible for, young people in this position.”

The guide covers education, safety, home, money, work, immigration, police and courts, and consumer, criminal, and immigration law.

Free copies are being sent during May to organisations working with young asylum seekers and refugees . Further copies are available free (excluding postage and packaging costs) by downloading an order form from www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/llb.

Further information

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

1. The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

2. The Citizenship Foundation is very grateful to the Camelot Foundation for its support with the development, writing and design of Life and Law in Britain, and the AB Charitable Trust, Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, and the Home Office Refugee Community Development Fund for funding the printing and initial distribution of the guide.

3. Further copies of this guide (in multiples of 10s, 20s or 50s) are available free from the Citizenship Foundation, although in order to cover our costs we must reluctantly make a charge to cover postage and packaging. Order forms can be downloaded at www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/llb.

4. For more information about the guide email llb@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

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