Asylum seeker bemoans delays hitting work ambitions
By Bongi Msimanga & Caroline Gall
BBC News West Midlands
An asylum seeker says she and others like her are keen to work after leaving behind abuse for a better life in the UK, but are unable to while the government stalls on their futures.
The 36-year-old mother-of-two is based in Stoke-on-Trent after arriving near Birmingham from Albania in 2016.
Wishing to remain anonymous, she says she cannot make long-term plans with a question mark hanging over her status.
The government says it is taking action to clear a backlog of claims.
Last week, the Home Office launched an ad campaign targeting Albanian nationals to deter them from migrating to the UK.