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Thanks for your patience and enquiry. He can apply for refugee status in the UK but he would need to arrive at the port in order to do so. If he is able to travel to the UK then he could put in an application for refugee status.
The only potential drawback would be that the law requires for him to put in an application at the first port he arrived at. The question will therefore be asked as to why he did not await the response in the country where he is currently located.
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