Islamophobia and the asylum system

1. Information Notice and Consent


Information Notice
What we’re trying to achieve with the survey: we are interested in understanding the experience of Muslims in the UK asylum system in order to identify unique issues they are facing. 

This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. We will close the survey on 27th July 2023.
This questionnaire is anonymous. It does not ask for your name unless you opt to give this to us. Although we ask for some personal information in the survey, you do not have to answer those questions and we ask for your explicit consent before you complete them. We cannot identify you from the personal information we ask you about. The only way we would be able to identify you is if you consent to provide your contact information for further information on this research at the end of the survey. 
You do not have to take part in the survey. You may withdraw from the survey at any time, without giving a reason. 
The questionnaire is created and will be completed on a special survey software called SmartSurvey. 
How we will use and store the information from the questionnaire:
Migrants’ Rights Network, a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 1125746) is ultimately responsible for all the data we gather and share during this project. We make sure all this is done in line with all relevant data protection laws. 

Our lawful basis for doing this work is: 
Article 6(a) Consent: an individual has given clear consent for us to process their personal data for a specific purpose
Article 9(a) Explicit consent for processing special category data. 
The information you submit will be stored by SmartSurvey according to their privacy policy.

How we use the data
We will anonymise all the data before sharing it with anybody including the partner organisations. 
We will publish reports on the survey results. None of the reports will include information that could identify you. 
We may share some survey results with our partners at the Community Policy Forum. If we do this, no information will be shared that could identify you. 

How we will store the data 
Data will be stored by Smart Survey in line with their privacy policy and data security policy. We will keep the information people share with us for 3 years (until 2026) on our secure IT systems, in line with our document retention policy. 
Our contact details 
Name: Migrants’ Rights Network
Telephone:07467 284767 

Your rights
Individuals whose personal data is processed by the Migrants’ Rights Network have the following rights: 
The right to be informed as to whether we hold data about the individual; 
The right of access to that information; 
The right to have inaccurate data corrected; 
The right to have data deleted; 
The right to opt out of particular data processing operations; 
The right to receive their data in a form that makes it “portable”; 
The right to object to data processing; 
The right to receive an explanation about any automated decision-making and/or profiling and to challenge those decisions where appropriate. 

How to complain
If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at email: or 07467 284767. 
You can also contact the Information Commissioner’s office (ICO), the Data Protection Authority in the United Kingdom if you are unhappy with how we have used your data. The ICO’s address: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Helpline number: 0303 123 1113. ICO website:

Thank you for taking part in this survey.
We want to hear about the experiences of Muslim asylum seekers and refugees in the UK asylum system.
While there is a lot of existing work being done surrounding human rights and Islamophobia in the UK, when it comes to refugees and the asylum system, knowledge of these areas remains severely narrow. Therefore, this survey is part of a broader research project examining how attacks on human rights and Islamophobia are experienced within the asylum system in the UK.
Ultimately, the research aims to:
  • Contribute a better understanding of the challenges faced by Muslim asylum seekers.
  • Highlight any potential opportunities for meaningful policy changes and reforms that could mitigate these challenges. 
The findings, including any conclusions and recommendations from this project will be published in a report and reproduced in other advocacy materials, including but not limited to briefings, academic articles, presentations, and social media content.