An illustration based on an interview with a refugee case worker, in which she describes the UK’s asylum claim process and the practical and mental effects it has on refugees. Waiting with uncertainty, of outcome or length of waiting, is a central theme to the claimant’s experience, robbing them of any sense of autonomy or security. In this light, state policies reveal that refugees are rendered as in a state of living death: physically alive whilst socially and/or politically dead.