Home Office Research Report 37 presents findings from the Survey of New Refugees, a study of refugee integration in the UK.
Integration was considered in terms of the English language skills, employment and housing of new refugees. The survey included all new refugees who were granted a positive decision of asylum, humanitarian protection or discretionary leave to remain between 1 December 2005 and 25 March 2007.
Postal questionnaires were issued soon after refugees received a positive decision on their asylum claim and 8, 15 and 21 months later.
Overall there was evidence of integration over time: refugees’ English language skills improved, employment rates increased and the privacy and stability of accommodation appeared to increase.