The shocking, hidden lives of refused asylum seekers are revealed in a new film by Panos Pictures. Abbie Trayler-Smith has photographed men and women who have fled torture and persecution. They had hoped to find sanctuary in the UK but instead are enduring a new kind of torment – destitution.
All of the individuals featured in the exhibition have been refused asylum and are living in extreme poverty rather than return to their home countries, in most cases out of fear of what might await them upon their return. With just a handful of possessions they move from place to place, sleeping in phone boxes, on night buses or park benches.
This video was produced by Panos Pictures, an independent photo agency who document issues and geographical areas which are under-reported, misrepresented or ignored.