His father disagreed with the government, and was shot dead in front of Eric - forcing Eric to flee.
He is also waiting to find out if he can stay.
Life for asylum seekers
Even once they're here, life doesn't always get much easier for people like Layla and Eric.
Many people feel scared or suspicious of asylum seekers.
Others think they are scroungers, taking British jobs and money.
Either way, they can face hatred, racism - and a tougher life than many of us would expect in Britain.
You can see more about Eric and Leyla's stories in Newsround Extra on Monday 22 April, 5.25pm, BBC One