United Kingdom links, information websites, chat groups

W2eu.info – Welcome to Europe

For freedom of movement: Independent information for refugees and migrants coming to Europe

http://www.w2eu.info/uk.en.html (English)

http://www.w2eu.info/uk.ar.html (Arabic)

http://www.w2eu.info/uk.fa.html (Farsi)

http://www.w2eu.info/uk.fr.html (French)

Rights in Exile Programme

List of pro bono legal assistance providers is a directory of organizations, lawyers, and others who are able to assist refugees free-of-charge in legal matters and help secure refugee rights. This list may also be of use to legal providers assembling and arguing cases elsewhere in the world for information on country of origin, case development, and other help.

http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/probono/united-kingdom-pro-bono-directory

Welcome To UK!!

An info-guide for refugees and migrants in English, Farsi, and Arabic (August 2019)

2019 Welcome to USA Arabic pdf (Arabic)

2019 Welcome to UK Dari pdf (Farsi, Dari, Persian)

2019 Welcome to UK English pdf (English)

United Kingdom links, visa, asylum, travel documents, passports, identity cards

UNHRC Help Website

Here, refugees and asylum-seekers can find information to help them know more about their rights, obligations and the services available to them. Take a look around and discover what you need to know about your stay in the UK, including where you can go to seek further assistance.

https://www.unhcr.org/uk/

How to seek Asylum in the UK?

https://w2eu.info/uk.en/articles/uk-asylum.en.html(English)

https://w2eu.info/uk.fr/articles/uk-asylum.fr.html(French)

Aida – Asylum Information Database Report

Mapping asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of protection in Europe

http://www.asylumineurope.org/reports/country/united-kingdom

Aida – Asylum Information Database Report 

Mapping asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of protection in Europe 

http://www.asylumineurope.org/reports/country/united-kingdom

Process for claiming asylum in the UK

https://www.gov.uk/claim-asylum

Information leaflets for claiming asylum in UK (available in several langauges!)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-leaflet-for-asylum-applications

United Kingdom links, education, school, university, enrolment

Websites for learning English

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/

https://www.duolingo.com/

https://www.livemocha.co/

English-Arabic dictionary/phrasebooks

http://starling.rinet.ru/~sergius/AAZal_Arabic/bibliotheka/Steingass_Eng-Arab_1882.pdf

http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/59017/20/20_useful%20arabic%20phrases%20and%20vocabulary.pdf

Universities offering programs for refugees

http://www.refugee-study.co.uk/

http://www.refugee-study.co.uk/Refugee-university-scholarships-directory.php

https://www.findamasters.com/masters-degrees/united-kingdom/?40w900&Keywords=refugee+studies

United Kingdom links, emergency, police, free food, homeless shelter, help support hotlines, other

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/jul/12/the-syrian-refugees-changing-the-uks-food-scene

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/how-to-help-refugees-uk-britain-donate-volunteer-accommodation-a8967061.html

https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-help-as-a-refugee

United Kingdom links, unaccompanied minors, young people, children

The Migration Observatory informs debates on international migration and public policy.

https://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/resources/reports/young-people-migration-uk-overview/

Migration policies for Children in the UK.

https://www.childmigrantstrust.com/

Preventing Abuse or Child Protection in the UK: nspcc.org.uk

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-protection-system/children-the-law/

United Kingdom links, women, men, LGBTQ+, elderly, disability , minorities, diasporas

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-lgbt-survey-summary-report/national-lgbt-survey-summary-report

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group

We support those seeking asylum due to fear of persecution on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity

Home page

#FREE LGBT Legal & Housing Advice Sessions
https://england.shelter.org.uk/legal/housing_options/lesbians_gay_men_bisexual_and_transgender_people

Ashton Ross Law will also discuss other topics such as the law relating to asylum and homosexuality, HIV, hate crime and UK immigration law in relation to same sex couples.
https://uklgig.org.uk/?page_id=24

United Kingdom links, hotels, renting, buying, housing, shelter, accommodation, camps

UNHRC

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHRC helps accommodating refugees in tents, and camps.

https://www.unhcr.org/uk/supporting-refugees-in-the-uk.html

Here is the list of contact numbers of relevant departments.

https://w2eu.info/uk.en/articles/uk-contacts.en.html

IMPORTANT NOTE: When asylum seekers receive their leave to remain in the UK they are often given just 28 days to vacate their Home Office accommodation and find somewhere else to live. They get no preferential treatment regarding the allocation of social housing and have to join housing waiting lists like everybody else. However, the notice period is almost always too short for them to find alternative housing, so they inevitably have to suffer a period of homelessness. Many of them may have only been in the UK for a couple of months and therefore have no friends, little knowledge of the English language and no money to support themselves. Life on the streets is dangerous, especially for women, and makes it impossible for refugees to work and get established in the community.

https://www.nzf.org.uk/OurWork/ShelterProjects

National Zakat Foundation: Housing for Muslim women in London, Birmingham & Manchester. Run and supported by Muslims.

United Kingdom links, local information, capital, cities, regions

Student Action for Refugees (STAR)

Various social support (language classes, integration, campaigning)
Different university cities around the UK
http://www.star-network.org.uk/
STAR Office: 0207 697 4130
https://www.facebook.com/theSTARnetwork

STAR is a national charity of 26,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK through:

  • Volunteering at local refugee projects
  • Campaigning to improve the lives of refugees
  • Educating people about refugees and asylum
  • Fundraising to welcome refugees

STAR is made up of over 40 groups at universities across the UK and a national team which co-ordinates and supports the groups.

Assist Sheffield

Support and accommodation
Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JB
http://www.assistsheffield.org.uk/
Tel: 0114 275 4960
Email through website

Provide accommodation, food and support for asylum seekers in Sheffield who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress
IMPORTANT: Help Desk open at the Council drop-in at Victoria Hall on a Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.

The Boaz Trust

Support (social/legal) and accommodation Kath Locke Centre, 123 Moss Lane East, Manchester M15 5DD
http://boaztrust.org.uk/
Tel: (0161) 202 1056
Email: info@boaztrust.org.uk

Christian charity serving destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester.
IMPORTANT: Office is open for calls from 10am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
FILL OUT REFERRAL FORM WHEN REFERRING A CLIENT
http://boaztrust.org.uk/about/accommodation/

Housing Justice

Accommodation Housing Justice,
256 Bermondsey Street,
London SE1 3UJ
https://www.housingjustice.org.uk/
Tel: 020 3544 8094
Email through website

Coordinates hosting of destitute migrants and asylum seekers through clergy around the UK

Abigail Housing

Accommodation
Woodhouse Community Centre,
197 Woodhouse Street, Leeds,
LS6 2NY

http://www.abigailhousing.org.uk/

For Asylum Seeker Project:
Tel:  (01274) 767887 or 07908364112
Email: asylumseeker@abigailhousing.org.uk

For Refugee Project:
Tel:  07743189314
Email: refugee@abigailhousing.org.uk

Based in Leeds and Bradford, providing housing for refused asylum seekers and refugees who are in danger of becoming homeless when they receive their Leave to remain in the UK and their Home Office support ends through:
– Destitution project (for refused asylum seekers)
– Refugee project (for recognised refugees)

Open Doors Hull

Support (social/legal) and accommodation
91 Princes Avenue,
Hull HU5 3QP

http://opendoors-hull.org.uk/
Tel: 01482 345132
Email through website

An organisation in Hull working with asylum seekers both who got asylum claims on and turned down and become destitute. Support refugees, enabling them to integrate into the local society and live independent /confident life successfully.

IMPORTANT: Open for face-to-face support on Thursdays between 10am and 3pm.

Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN)

Advice, Support, Assistance
129 Princess Road, Moss side,
Manchester, M14 4RB

http://mrsn.org.uk/
Tel. 0161 868 0777
Website Contact Page with Email Addresses

Grassroots organization managed by refugee communities, based in Manchester. Services include:
– Refugee and Asylum Advice http://mrsn.org.uk/advice/
– Refugee Health and Well-being http://mrsn.org.uk/refugee-health-well-project/
– Destitute Project http://mrsn.org.uk/mrsn-destitute-project/

IMPORTANT: Open for drop-in advice sessions Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 1pm, Open for advice appointments Tuesdays between 10am and 1pm and Fridays between 10am and 2pm, Open for immigration advice sessions by appointment Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Manchester Refugee Support Network

This is a grassroots organization, managed by refugee communities and based in Manchester. They aim to provide a variety of services to help refugees and asylum seekers.
http://mrsn.org.uk/

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