A collage of asylum seekers who have passed away. There are five men and one woman of various ethnicities. Most of them are smiling at the camera, and a couple people have neutral expressions.

The Home Office does not publish data on the deaths of asylum seekers in its housing...

... despite calls from experts and campaigners to do so. We set out to gather as much information as possible about each of them. Here, we tell their stories.

NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
40
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

1/4/2023
4/1/2023

Cause of death:

Not known

housing provider:

Clearsprings Ready Homes

Location:

South
,
2023/04
20230401

A 40-year-old man was found dead in his Home Office hotel room in the south of England on 1 April this year, according to the Home Office’s Incident Database.

The man, whose nationality has been redacted, arrived in the UK almost six months earlier on 14 October 2022 and claimed asylum a week later.

The details of his case are scarce. His cause of death is yet to be confirmed but the file is recorded as involving a “safeguarding element”.  

This means he was officially recognised as vulnerable and potentially in need of protection.  

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NAME UNKNOWN

Female
/
62
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

6/3/2023
3/6/2023

Cause of death:

Not known

housing provider:

Serco

Location:

North West
,
2023/03
20230306

This 62-year-old woman died while staying in Home Office dispersal (long term) accommodation in March 2023, according to the Home Office’s Incident Database.

Records state that authorities had not yet confirmed what caused her death at the time of writing. The woman, whose nationality is redacted, arrived in Britain in 2014 and was receiving support for asylum seekers whose claims have been refused.  

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
48
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

17/1/2023
1/17/2023

Cause of death:

Possible/suspected suicide

housing provider:

Serco

Location:

Midlands and East of England
,
2023/01
20230117

This 48-year-old man was found dead in his accommodation in January 2023, according to the Home Office’s Incident Database. His case is marked in internal records as involving self-harm and/or suicide.

Notes in the database state the man had “previously attempted suicide” and that there were thought to be no suspicious circumstances relating to his death.  

Police officers told the Home Office they were awaiting the coroner’s report, although this does not appear to have been finalised at the time of writing in May 2023.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
67
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

24/12/2022
12/24/2022

Cause of death:

Not known

housing provider:

Serco

Location:

North West
,
2022/12
20221224

This 67-year-old man died in December 2022, but the cause of death remains unknown.

Information about his case in the Home Office’s Incident Database is sparse. The man arrived in the UK in 2017 and had an asylum claim outstanding. He’s said to have died on 24 December 2022.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
53
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

15/3/2023
3/15/2023

Cause of death:

Cardiac/suspected cardiac

housing provider:

Serco

Location:

Midlands and East of England
,
2023/03
20230315

This 53-year-old man suffered a massive cardiac arrest and passed away in hospital, according to the Home Office’s Incident Database.

Internal notes state there were no suspicious circumstances relating to his death.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
23
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

9/5/2023
5/9/2023

Cause of death:

Road traffic accident

housing provider:

Serco

Location:

,
2023/05
202305

This 23-year-old man died two days after being involved in a hit and run accident on 7 May 2023, according to the Home Office’s Incident Database.

The man, whose nationality has been redacted from the database, arrived in Britain in October 2022.  

He had been staying in initial accommodation in the “Midlands and East of England” asylum accommodation contract region, operated by private firm Serco, according to the records.  

The Home Office decided in 2023 to begin redacting nationalities from the Incident Database, despite having provided this information in previous disclosures. As a result, it is not currently known where the deceased originated from.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
24
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

17/5/2023
5/17/2023

Cause of death:

Possible/suspected suicide

housing provider:

Serco

Location:

Midlands and East of England
,
2023/05
20230517

This 24-year-old man was found dead in a river, according to the Home Office’s Incident Database. The cause of death was marked as unconfirmed but notes in the internal records indicate this as a “self-harm/suicide” case.

The man, whose nationality has been redacted from the records, arrived in Britain in March 2023 and the outcome of his asylum application had not yet been decided at the time of his death.  

He was being housed in the “Midlands and East of England” asylum accommodation contract region, operated by private firm Serco

The Home Office decided in 2023 to begin redacting nationalities from the Incident Database, despite having provided this information in previous disclosures. As a result, it is not currently known where the deceased originated from.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
27
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

30/5/2023
5/30/2023

Cause of death:

Not known

housing provider:

Mears

Location:

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber
,
2023/05
20230530

This 27-year-old man was found dead after previously being reported as a missing person, according to the Home Office Incident Database.

He had arrived in Britain in January 2022 and was being housed in dispersal asylum accommodation in the North, East Yorkshire and Humber region while awaiting a decision on his application for refugee status.  

The Home Office’s database contains few details about this case. It says the man’s cause of death was not known but the circumstances of the death were “not suspicious”.

The Home Office decided in 2023 to begin redacting nationalities from the Incident Database, despite having provided this information in previous disclosures. As a result, it is not currently known where the deceased originated from.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Cardiac/suspected cardiac
/
45
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

30/5/2023
5/30/2023

Cause of death:

Cardiac/suspected cardiac

housing provider:

Clearsprings Ready Homes

Location:

South
,
2023/05
20230530

A man with a chronic heart condition who applied for asylum in 2016 died in hospital while still awaiting a decision from the Home Office, according to the department’s Incident Database.

The 45-year-old was being housed in the south of England in asylum accommodation run by the private firm Clearsprings Ready Homes.  

The records state he had suffered from cardiomyopathy.

The Home Office decided in 2023 to begin redacting nationalities from the Incident Database, despite having provided this information in previous disclosures. As a result, it is not currently known where the deceased originated from.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
57
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

9/6/2023
6/9/2023

Cause of death:

Not known

housing provider:

Clearsprings Ready Homes

Location:

South
,
2023/06
20230609

Details pertaining to the death of this 57-year-old man, found dead at his asylum accommodation in the south of England, are particularly scarce. A record in the Home Office’s Incident Database simply says: “[Service User] body found at the property.”

The man’s case is flagged in the database as having a “safeguarding element” - a label officials assign to individuals recognised as having vulnerabilities or needs such as a health problem.

He applied for asylum in 2005 and was awaiting a decision on his claim for refugee status.  

He was being housed under Section 4 of the Asylum Act 1999, which may indicate his claim had initially been rejected and he was undergoing an appeal.  

The Home Office decided in 2023 to begin redacting nationalities from the Incident Database, despite having provided this information in previous disclosures. As a result, it is not currently known where the deceased originated from.

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
35
/
Nationality not known

died on or around:

7/7/2023
7/7/2023

Cause of death:

Not known

housing provider:

Serco

Location:

North West
,
2023/07
20230707

The details pertaining to the death of this 35-year-old asylum seeker being housed in the North West of England are particularly sparse. Records in the Home Office Incident Database simply state: “Customer has passed away, cause of death and location unknown”.

He had arrived in Britain and claimed asylum in October 2021 and was awaiting a decision on his application for refugee status at the time of his death.  

The Home Office decided in 2023 to begin redacting nationalities from the Incident Database, despite having provided this information in previous disclosures. As a result, it is not currently known where the deceased originated from.  

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NAME UNKNOWN

Male
/
88
/
Not known

died on or around:

28/7/2023
7/28/2023

Cause of death:

Cancer-related

housing provider:

Clearsprings Ready Homes

Location:

South
,
202307
20230728

This 88-year-old asylum seeker died after being diagnosed with terminal cancer and Parkinson’s, according to the Home Office’s Incident Database. He applied for asylum in August 2022 and was awaiting a decision on his claim at the time of his death.

The Home Office decided in 2023 to begin redacting nationalities from the Incident Database, despite having provided this information in previous disclosures. As a result, it is not currently known where the deceased originated from.

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