Why is this important?
This information applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The UK has signed a United Nations Convention on refugees, which means that it is committed to offering asylum to people who are at risk of persecution in their own country. The process of applying for asylum in the UK is extremely complex and you must seek specialist advice to find out whether your family member might qualify for asylum. Only a small proportion of asylum applications are successful, so you should also consider whether they could come to this country in another capacity. They may, for example, have family links with the UK that could give them rights to be here while things are unsettled in their home country.
UK immigration law is complex and getting it wrong has serious consequences You should always consult a specialist adviser. To find out more, see Help with immigration problems.
To get information about applying for asylum in a language other than English, visit the Refugee Council's website at: http://languages.refugeecouncil.org.uk.