Sanctuary Scholars Legal Fund


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£4,500 target

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Started on 22nd July 2020 Clifton, England, United Kingdom

Update April 2022

It has been our privilege to support 2 sanctuary scholars with their legal fees. The Home Office has now issued a devastating Study Ban on a current Scholar and we once again need to fundraise to be able to support them with the huge legal costs associated. Please give what you can to make a big difference to the outcome for this Scholar - our target is £4500 to meet their initial costs.

Sanctuary Scholars are students living in the UK from refugee and asylum-seeking background who have received a scholarship from the university. 

These students can find themselves facing study bans from the Home Office or ongoing asylum claims which have associated legal fees. Currently the average living cost for a student in Bristol is up to £14,500 per year and the scholarship just meets this figure. The Sanctuary Scholarship also disqualifies students from applying for legal aid in most cases.  

There have been multiple cases of Sanctuary Scholars at Bristol dropping out of studies or taking loans to pay for their ongoing Asylum Claims. The Home Office has issued 3 scholars with Study Bans forcing them to rely on crowdfunding and free legal representation secured by a Law professor to appeal their cases. 

Students from Bristol SU’s Amnesty International and STAR (Student Action for Refugees) have combined forces with Bristol Students’ Union to set up a new Sanctuary Scholar Legal Fund of £25,000 which will be accessible by Sanctuary Scholars who don’t qualify for legal aid for any legal costs they may incur relating to their immigration status. 


Aggie Bezina commented

Thanks for initiating this legal challenge ...

10th May 2022 at 8:47pm
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Ying Li commented

Best luck and keep upbeat!

4th May 2022 at 6:49pm
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