Laws and Life in the UK

Welcome to the UK: Laws and Life in the UK

A guide for refugees and asylum seekers and others who are new to the UK. Arriving in a new country presents many challenges and people need to adjust rapidly to unfamiliar systems, laws, social norms, expectations, rights and responsibilities This video explains the role of the police in the UK and some key laws and expectations around life in the community. We hope it helps you settle in the community and to seek help and advice when you need it. 


  1. The role of the Police service
  2. Values, responsibilities, rights and freedoms
  3. Interaction with others
  4. At home
  5. At work
  6. Driving
  7. Alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  8. If you experience aggression
  9. Stop and Search  
  10. Laws on sex, domestic violence, female circumcision, honour based violence and forced marriage
  11. Protecting and caring for your children
  12. Making a complaint about the police
  13. How to contact the police online, in person, via telephone and in an emergency

You can download and print a leaflet summarising this information from

These videos are part of the North East Migration Partnership’s Welcome & Induction Programme for newly arriving Refugees and Asylum Seekers and are made in partnership with the Regional Refugee Forum North East.


Thanks to Riada Kullani at Diversity Inside Us for the Albanian translation


Thanks to RRF member Emad Raad for the Arabic translation


Thanks to RRF member Fatemeh Khoshkholgh of the Iranian Community North East for the Farsi translation


Thanks to RRF member Shams Abdou Moussa of Digital Inclusion North East for the French translation


Thanks to RRF member The Ethiopian Community in Newcastle for the Amharic translation


Thanks to RRF members Sarah and Mashal Ahmadi for the Pashto version