Welcome back to Researching Asylum in London (RAL). With support from the School of Social Sciences at City University London RAL has been relaunched in June 2014. Over the coming months this independent database of research on refugee and asylum issues relevant to London will be updated with new material. The aim of Researching Asylum in London is to make research more accessible to service providers and policy-makers working in the field. The database contains summaries of research and the aims, methodology, key findings, conclusions and recommendations are easily identifiable.

As new research becomes available, the RAL UPDATE, a bulletin that brings you up-to-date with the latest additions to our RAL database, and a separate statistics update, will be published on a regular basis.

We're delighted to welcome you back to this resource and we look forward to engaging through a number of exciting new projects with our users of this site.

Dr Christopher McDowell, Director, RAL

How to Search RAL

Read about our summaries and the different ways you can search the database

Explore by Refugee population

Research relating to specific refugee and asylum seeker groups in London has been organised by nationality and ethnicity into an

The categories used by the researchers have been replicated and only those groups that have been researched are included.

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A Brief history of asylum in London provides context to the research included on the RAL database. This short piece gives a basic outline of the history of refugee migration to London, focusing on settlement patterns, reception and figures.

All of the statistical information relating to the asylum seeker and refugee population in the capital that is currently available can be found in the London asylum statistics section.