Asylum, refugees and migration

Find useful links and external publications below. Please also see links to London Funders work in this area

London Funder's reports
The context for refugees and migrants

Report of a meeting for funders on 5 December which updated funders on policy and practice in relation to migrants and refugees in London and the implications for funding of frontline services and support organisations.

Useful links
Call to end violence against women and girls: action plan
Home Office, 2011
This action plan provides an overview of the wide range of actions the government will be taking forward with key partners to deliver its strategy to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG). It was launched on 8 March 2011.

External Publications

A place to call home
Ubele Initiative and Locality (October 2015)
This report reveals the scale of issues facing African diaspora communities across England in retaining places to meet, support, work, learn, celebrate and mourn. It highlights the vulnerability of community buildings secured by the Windrush Generation and underlines the failure to build on the struggle for social justice and equality in post-war Britain by protecting important meeting places.

An evidence base on migration and integration in London
GLA report (2010) includes a review of demographic data on London and a review of the evidence on barriers to and opportunities for integration for London’s migrants. 

Home Affairs Committee (2013)
After a 10 month enquiry into the asylum system, the Home Affairs Committee report ‘Asylum’ outlines the delays experienced in an asylum claim, concern as to the quality of the decisions made, poor levels of support and substandard housing.

The Double Jeapordy Project – Full Report
Alasdair Stuart at MBARC (August 2013)
The Double Jeopardy Project has been run by MBARC and funded by Trust for London, in partnership with The Metro Centre and Praxis. The aims of the project were to test guidance which enabled migrant, refugee community organisations (MRCOs) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) organisations to be more inclusive and welcoming of LGBTI, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
To download a copy of the key findings click here.
To download a copy of the full report click here.
To download a copy of the guide for making organisations more welcoming and supportive to LGBTI asylum seekers, refugees and migrants click here.

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, commissioned by the Greater London Authority, 2012
An approach to delivering English language learning in London to refugees and migrants at a time when most provision is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and focused on active jobseekers. The report offers three models for supporting “pre-employment” learning of English and case studies of innovative provision in London.
Fair deal on migration for the UK
IPPR (March 2014)
In this paper, IPPR brings together its ideas and research on migration from across the last five years to propose a comprehensive fair deal on migration for the UK - a set of policies and approaches that address all aspects of migration in a fair and realistic way, and which would make Britain's economy fairer and our society stronger.

Health and access to health care of migrants in the UK
A briefing from the Race Equality Foundation (2010) collating evidence, outlining issues for the health of migrants and suggesting ways in which research, policy and practice might address barriers to health, wellbeing and healthcare in meeting the needs of migrants.

Housing and Migration: A UK Guide to issues and solutions
CIH for the Housing and Migration Network, 2012
Guidance backed up by practical examples of how the UK housing sector can support new migrants and the neighbourhoods in which they live and work. The Network recognises that migration adds to existing pressure on housing markets at neighbourhood level with examples geared towards the role of local housing authorities and social landlords on areas such as how to use existing data sources to build population profiles; developing neighbourhood approaches that are inclusive of both new migrants and existing residents.

The impact of the Immigration Act 2014
Race Equality Foundation (September 2014)
The Race Equality Foundation has published two briefings on the impact of the Immigration Act 2014. The Act received royal assent on 14 May 2014. Whilst some key provisions are now in force, others (e.g. the piloting of the housing provisions) are in the process of being implemented and the planned associated changes to healthcare are yet to be implemented.

London Enriched
The Mayor’s Refugee Integration Strategy was published in December 2009 and sets out a vision sees refugees and migrants living in security and dignity and sharing with all Londoners the same chances for a decent quality of life.

London's Funders work on this can be found here.

This summary report from Homeless Link and Refugee Action gives a useful overview of current issues in Destitution. 

Measuring the impact of cuts in public expenditure on the provision of services to prevent violence against women and girls
Trust for London and Northern Rock Foundation, 2012
A report by  Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, and Jude Towers at Lancaster University, finds the impact of public expenditure reductions for the provision of local violence against women services is both dramatic and uneven across localities.

The Migrant Journey
The findings of Home Office research (2010) on the “migrant journey”. An analysis of the behaviour of migrants entering the UK immigration system through the major non-visit visa routes and the common pathways that result in settlement.

Migration and community cohesion: community development responses 
Briefing from the Community Development Foundation (2009) outlining interim findings of work with community development practitioners exploring approaches to building cohesion in areas affected by migration.

Migration review 2011/2012
Matt Cavanagh, IPPR, 2012
Briefing on migration trends and policy changes in 2011 and possible developments in 2012, a crucial one for the government, halfway through a parliament during which it has pledged to reduce net immigration to the ‘tens of thousands’.

New Londoners
A quarterly magazine by Migrants Resource Centre with the aim of bringing together London communities, old and new, and to redress the negative images of migrants often portrayed in the media. 

Population and Migration
A report from demographer John Hollis, in the Focus on London series. It discusses age structure, fertility and mortality, internal and international migration, population turnover and demographic projections with maps, related data, and additional reports as well as links to past years’ reports. 

Refugees, migrants and the Equality Act 2010
This briefing by REAP is aimed at supporting refugee and migrant community organisations in their efforts to ensure that public authorities understand and uphold the conditions under the Equality Act 2010 with regard to the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Refused: the experiences of women denied asylum in the UK
Kamena Dorling, Marchu Girma and Natasha Walter, Women for Refugee Women, 2012
Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Barrow Cadbury Trust, this research includes individual case studies and details the breadth of issues to which funders can provide positive contributions.

Solutions for Sanctuary: An Overview of the Refugee and Asylum Charity Sector in the UK
NPC, June 2016


This paper describes the landscape of the refugee and asylum charity sector in the UK. It is designed to be of particular use for donors interested in funding organisations working in this area.

A story of what otherwise might not have been possible
The case for small grants: Impact assessment of the work of the Helen Tetlow Memorial Fund in support of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in the UK, 2003-12

This report details the cumulative impact of support provided through the Fund’s small grants programme to around 30 small organisations. It highlights improved physical and emotional wellbeing of immigration detainees, asylum seekers and refuges; the strengthening of small organisations and greater awareness of more positive attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees in the wider community.

The Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme
National Audit Office, September 2016
UK Government says it is on track to meet target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. Local authorities’ ability to secure suitable school places and houses a risk to success. NAO estimate programme will cost £1.12bn by 2020.

Refugees told the NAO that their experience of the programme has been largely positive, but uncertainty about their status in the UK has caused some anxiety. Information provided to them by the programme team, local authorities and their partners about where they were being resettled can be patchy and many are unsure of their rights in the UK and what they are eligible for. While some elements of the programme’s redesign are not yet operational, overall the programme team has made progress in redesigning the programme to improve refugees’ experiences.

Trusting the dice: immigration advice in Tower Hamlets
Toynbee Hall (November 2015)
Research conducted by Toynbee Hall into the provision of immigration advice in Tower Hamlets has uncovered systemic failures with both regulated and unregulated advisers providing misleading and expensive advice to vulnerable clients. The year-long research project included mystery-shopping visits to 44 fee-charging providers of immigration advice in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and gives a unique insight into the services provided and the quality of provision.

Young undocumented migrants
No right to dream is a report commissioned by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which looks at the social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants in Britain from China, Turkey (Kurds), Brazil, Zimbabwe and Ukraine.