Asylum seekers in the United Kingdom can search for a legal aid solicitor on the Law Society’s website.
You can check your eligibility for legal aid here.
Click here to see the numbers and origins of refugees hosted by United Kingdom.
As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include internally displaced persons. Statistics for stateless refugees are included if available.
Legal aid is available for legal advice to anyone living in the UK or abroad who qualifies financially. For representation in court, legal aid is more restricted and is granted only if a case has more than a 50% chance of success.
The legal adviser will provide the applicant with a form to be completed and will carry out a detailed assessment of his means. The only documents required are the applicant’s most recent bank statement and payslip.
If these are unavailable, a letter from the person who is supporting the applicant and stating his monthly income is sufficient. In exceptional circumstances, it is possible to grant legal aid even in absence of evidence of income (for example if a refugee is employed but paid in cash and has no bank account, or if he is in immigration detention). The applicant will also need to return the original signed form to the lawyer.
For more information on legal aid in the UK, see http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/.
The AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe)
The AIRE Centre's objective is to promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights. The Centre provides specialist written advice to lawyers or other agencies in the voluntary sector and, in a few specific cases, may advise individuals directly. Members of the team meet with national and European bodies, policy makers and decision takers; litigate before the European Court of Human Rights and intervene in cases before the domestic courts. The AIRE Centre also carries out training and drafts reports and other publications.
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Club Union House, 253-254 Upper Street, London N1 1RY
Advice Line: +44 (0)2 07 35 49 264 (Tuesday 13:00-16:00)
The advice line offers free one-off advice to individual asylum seekers and organisations working with them.
Other inquiries & existing clients: +44 (0)2 07 35 49 631 (Monday–Friday 09:30–17:30)
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 35 45 620
Email: infoasylumaid [dot] org [dot] uk
Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity who work to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the United Kingdom from persecution and human rights abuses abroad. They provide free, accessible, high-quality legal services to asylum-seekers with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and excluded. They lobby government and campaign for an asylum system based on inviolable human rights principles, and work with refugee and other community-based organisations, helping to enhance their legal services and learn from their experiences.
Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC)
Email: infoasylumresearchconsultancy [dot] com
Contact Persons: Liz Williams, Stephanie Huber
Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC) provides a case-specific country of origin information (COI) research service to support individual asylum claims for use in representations to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), the UK Immigration and Asylum Chambers and to international refugee decision making bodies. This service is primarily fee-paying, but ARC may be able to undertake pro bono COI research for NGOs with limited funds who provide free services to refugees.
ARC also undertakes research, advocacy and training to improve the quality of refugee status determination. ARC has been commissioned by the UK-based Still Human Still Here Coalition to twice review the COI content of 11 Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs) during 2011 and 2012 and delivered 10 training sessions to legal representatives on ‘How to Challenge the Conclusions Reached in UKBA's OGNs Using Country of Origin Information’. ARC was also appointed to review the COI content of the UKBA COI Report on The Gambia on behalf of the Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI). ARC also produces a free bi-monthly COI Update, which provides notification of new UK Country Guidance cases, new UKBA COI publications and developments.
Asylum Support Appeal Project (ASAP)
Tel: +44 (0)2 03 71 60 284
Advice Line number: +44 (0)2 03 71 60 283
Fax: +44 (0)2 03 71 60 272
ASAP is a charity working across the UK with the aim of reducing destitution amongst asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter. ASAP carries out three types of work:
1) free legal representation and advice to asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers appealing against the Home Office decisions to refuse or withdraw their housing, financial subsistence, or both.
2) asylum support advice and training to frontline organisations, advice agencies and legal practitioners working with asylum seekers. They provide a range of training options and operate an Advice Line.
3) Policy, lobbying and litigation to improve policies and procedures on asylum support.
Please note that ASAP does not give immigration advice and ASAP is unable to give advice to individual asylum seekers. If you need advice about your immigration status please contact a regulated advisor. To find your nearest regulated immigration adviser please click here. If you are an asylum seeker and need advice about your housing or financial support from the Home Office you should go to your nearest advice agency and ask an adviser to contact them.
Asylum Welcome provides free, confidential information, help and guidance for refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees in Oxford and Oxfordshire. This includes information on social, education, legal and health services provided by the various government bodies and other agencies, detention visiting schemes, English classes, advocacy programmes and support of those who are destitute.
ATLeP - Anti Trafficking Legal Project
c/o 1 Pump Court Temple, London, EC4Y 7AB
Email: infoatlep [dot] org [dot] uk
ATLeP is a network of solicitors, barristers and specialist practitioners who advise, represent and support victims of trafficking and other vulnerable people in the UK. Set up to share expertise, exchange resources and help develop good practice within the legal and welfare sectors in assisting vulnerable clients, ATLeP provides comprehensive legal training on gender and trafficking issues and maintains a website of materials to support casework and practice.
Bail for Immigration Detainees
1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
Detainees can post documents to BID for free using the following address:
FREEPOST RTSU-ZJCB-XCSX Bail for Immigration Detainees, 1b Finsbury Park Road, London N4 2LA
Tel: 020 7456 9750 (line open 10am to 12 noon Monday to Thursday - outside these times leave a message)
Fax: 0203 745 5226
Email for general enquiries: enquiriesbiduk [dot] org
Email for bail casework: caseworkbiduk [dot] org
Bail for Immigration Detainees’ vision is of a world in which there is no immigration detention. While it exists it believes it should be judicially sanctioned and time-limited. The organisation provides legal advice and representation to people held in prisons and detention centres under immigration powers to enable them to secure their release from detention and gathers evidence from its research and casework to influence detention policy and practice.
British Afghan Women’s Society
Contact Person: Ms Zarghona Rassa, Chairperson
British Afghan Women’s Society have two OISC registered advisors available to operate advice surgeries in various immigration and nationality issues. They also offer social support and training courses for employment in areas such as catering and child care.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre
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Coram Children's Legal Centre, Coram Community Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ
Tel: +44 (0)207 713 0089
Fax: +44 (0)1 20 68 77 963
Email: infocoramclc [dot] org [dot] uk
MIGRANT CHILDREN'S PROJECT
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Email: mcpcoramclc [dot] org [dot] uk
Migrant Children’s Project advice line: +44 (0)207 636 8505, line open 10:00-16:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
The Migrant Children's Project offers free initial legal advice on all issues affecting migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, young people and families including: immigration, asylum and nationality law, support and accommodation, age assessment, education, work and training, and health care.
Croydon Migrant Solidarity
Email: croydonsolidarityriseup [dot] net
We are a group supporting refugees and migrants and fighting against racism and repression in the Croydon area. We are all volunteers and receive no funding from the government or businesses. We believe in freedom of movement for all, not just the rich and privileged.
We are not solicitors and do not provide advice. However, we can provide information on the asylum and immigration process, particularly if you wish to claim asylum.
We are based in Croydon, not far from the UK Border Agency offices.
Electronic Immigration Network
EIN is a specialist provider of information on UK immigration and refugee law via the internet. EIN also contains information on immigration/asylum issues and caselaw from the EU and selected documents from other English-speaking jurisdictions.
The Public Site contains general resources and links for asylum seekers and immigrants, students, journalists and others with an interest in immigration and asylum.
Embrace UK Community Support Centre
Embrace UK Community Support Centre provides advice and information on housing, immigration and welfare rights, advocacy services for women, minors and unaccompanied young people, and information, advice and counselling on any health related issues. They also provide business support and organise cultural activities including Amharic and English lessons.
Freedom From Torture
Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, is a UK-based organisation that has been working for 25 years to provide direct clinical services to survivors of torture who arrive in Britain, as well as to protect and promote their rights.
Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
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225 Three Bridges Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1LG
Tel: (+44) (0)1 29 34 34 350
DETAINEES FREEFONE: +44 (0)8 00 38 94 367 (The telephone number for Tinsley House is: +44 (0)1 29 34 34 800)
Fax: (+44) (0)1 29 34 34 351
Email: infogdwg [dot] org [dot] uk
The Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group was set up in 1995 when the UK Immigration Service began to detain people at a small holding centre near Gatwick Airport. The following year, Tinsley House Detention Centre was built. GDWG's volunteers visit and befriend asylum seekers and immigration detainees at Tinsley House and Brook House. The group believes that each detainee has a right to be treated with respect and compassion, whatever the outcome of their case, and work to improve conditions, inform policy and challenge negative images of asylum seekers.
They network with other organisations who help detainees, such as the Association for Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), and are participating members of the Asylum Rights Campaign.
Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC)
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8 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0PD
Tel: +44 (0)20 8985 5236
Fax: +44 (0)20 8533 2018
Email: adminhclc [dot] org [dot] uk
The Hackney Migrant Centre
St. Mary's New Church Rooms, Spensley Walk (off Stoke Newington Church Street) London N16 9ES
Tel: +44 (0)7 50 43 32 706
Email: infohackneymigrantcentre [dot] org [dot] uk (infohackneymigrantcentre [dot] org [dot] uk)
The Hackney Migrant Centre, which opened in April 2008, provides advice services through partnership arrangements with visiting professionals from different agencies. Their immigration advisors come from Refugee and Migrant Justice. Their welfare/housing advice comes from the Undocumented Migrants Advice Project run by Praxis. The Hackney Migrant Centre also has a lawyer from the College of Law who offers her services on a pro-bono basis. Additionally, the Hackney Migrant Centre offers weekly drop-in for advice and social activities, medical advice and help in accessing NHS health services, as well as a nutritious meal and English classes.
The Helen Bamber Foundation
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Bruges Place, 15-20 Baynes Street (Entrance is via Randolph Street), London NW1 0TF
Tel: +44 (0)2 03 05 82 020
Fax: +44 (0)2 03 05 82 050
Email: receptionhelenbamber [dot] org
The Helen Bamber Foundation is a human rights charity based in London that provides therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations.
The Immigration Advisory Service (IAS)
Tel: +44 (0)8 44 88 70 111
Fax: +44 (0)8 44 88 70 222
Email: iascorkgully [dot] com or infoiasservices [dot] org [dot] uk
The Immigration Advice Service. They are a team of specialist immigration lawyers with over 30 years combined experience of providing advice on immigration, asylum and citizenship cases at all levels.
The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
Lindsey House, 40-42 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6JN
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 25 18 383
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 25 18 384
Email: infoilpa [dot] org [dot] uk
The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) is an advisory body for lawyers representing migrants and refugees in the UK and Europe. The ILPA provides specialist training on asylum and immigration law. The ILPA aims to promote and improve the advising and representing of immigrants.
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is an independent national voluntary organisation campaigning for justice and combating racism in immigration and asylum law and policy. The JCWI provides free legal advice and casework, training courses for legal practitioners and a range of publications.
135 Norton Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2BG
Tel: +44 16 42 60 11 22
Email: justice [dot] first [dot] limitedunicombox [dot] co [dot] uk
Justice First Limited was established in 2006 to work with people in the Tees Valley who are seeking asylum. Our core activity is to assist people whose appeals have been rejected to re-engage with the legal system and to avoid destitution. When an appeal is turned down financial support is withdrawn and the asylum seeker is faced with the bleak alternatives of accepting deportation or 'going underground.' Justice First seeks to help people remain within the legal framework of our country and to advise on the further options available. It also seeks to provide for the needs of our clients by offering social, emotional and practical support and to use our experience and accumulated knowledge to influence and recommend improvements in the asylum system, locally, regionally and nationally. Most recently, we have recognised the need to compile information about those returned to danger and our report, 'Unsafe Return' documents the experiences of returnees to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This can be found on our website. We also aim to raise awareness of the plight of those seeking asylum by visits to schools, churches and community organisations.
Kent Refugee Help
P.O. Box 192, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1WA
Tel: +44 (0)7 70 37 88 773 or +44 (0)1 22 75 73 069
Email: infokentrefugeehelp [dot] org [dot] uk (infokentrefugeehelp [dot] org [dot] uk)Contact person: Kate Adams
Tel: +44 (0)7 70 37 88 773
Email: kate [dot] kentrefugeehelpoutlook [dot] com
Kent Refugee Help (KRH) is a small charity supporting immigration detainees held in Dover Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC) and in Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville, Wandsworth and Elmley. They are a user-led organisation working with detainees to help them obtain their liberty. The detainees' ideas, experiences and active involvement with our organisation inform our outreach work. They offer individual casework helping detainees find sureties for immigration bail, access legal advice and representation and obtain medical reports to strengthen or re-start asylum claims. Their support continues after release, if requested, as former detainees face many barriers to integration due to isolation, poverty and insecure immigration status.
Kurdish Community Centre
Fairfax Hall, 11 Portland Gardens, London N4 1HU
Tel: +44 (0)2 08 88 01 804
Fax: +44 (0)2 08 80 29 963
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 08:00-22:00
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
The KCC provides a range of services including advice of immigration and other issues and provides referrals and translation. They also run English, Kurdish, computing, music, drama and dance classes, and a crèche and supplementary school for children.
Lambeth Law Centre
UNIT 4, The Co-Op Centre, 11 Mowll Street, SW9 6BG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7840 2000
Email: adminlambethlawcentre [dot] org
Lambeth Law Centre enables local people in Lambeth and the surrounding areas to understand their legal rights and enforce them. Through our work we aim to achieve social change for a fairer and more equal society. They provide advice and assistance with 1) Applying for asylum, 2) Asylum and Article 3 appeals, and 4) Fresh asylum claims. They can also take on certain cases involving domestic violence and for victims of trafficking, whilst providing some, more limited, advice on immigration and nationality.
Legal Services Commission
A list of firms that provide legal aid can be found on the Legal Services Commission website.
Manuel Bravo Project
The Manuel Bravo Project was set up to provide free legal advice to asylum seekers looking to appeal against a negative first decision or submit a fresh claim for asylum and who cannot obtain legal aid.
Within the Manuel Bravo Project paid and voluntary Immigration Caseworkers work directly with their clients by preparing their bundles and representing them in court wherever possible.
Qualified non-immigration Legal Teams from other firms working pro bono for Manuel Bravo prepare their clients for their Full Hearing with the help of Case Coordinators, Researchers, Hosts, Translators and Court Support volunteers to assist in the process.
86 Durham Road, London N7 7DT
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 56 17 498
Fax: 08 45 05 29 370
Email: infomedicaljustice [dot] org [dot] uk
Medical Justice works predominantly with people being held in detention. They challenge instances of medical evidence produced by qualified medics being ignored by the UK Home office and immigration courts; challenge instances of medical findings by unqualified Home Office officials and immigration judges; and write medical legal reports. Referrals generally come to Medical Justice when all else has failed; the detainee’s legal representative cannot get legal aid funding to progress a case or finance a medical report, or has simply not attempted to get a medical report. They deal with medical abuse in detention, including denial of medication and treatment, access to hospital, testing and test results. They assess detainees’ injuries after an assault by guards in the detention centre, or in transit to other places of detention, or an airport.
Medical Justice challenges the almost inevitable and detrimental gap between the negotiated policy change and how immigration detainees are actually treated in practice. The bulk of Medical Justice’s work is getting the Home Office to implement its own policies. They have groups in Oxford, London and Kent.
Migrant Legal Action (formerly the Afro-Asian Advisory Service)
53 Addington Square,
London, SE5 7LB
Tel: 0207 701 0141
Advice Line: 08456185385
Email: infoaaas [dot] org [dot] uk
The telephone number for general enquires can be called Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00pm.
The Advice Line can be called Monday - Friday from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm where you can discuss your asylum, nationalist and immigration matter with a caseworker.
The organisation usually sees clients Monday - Friday between 9:00 am - 1:00 pm strictly by appointment only.
Migrant Legal Action was formely known as the Afro-Asian Advisory Service as it was established in 1978 to help East-African Asians who arrived to the United Kingdom as evacuees. Since then they have expanded and they help people of all nationalities.
They provide services such as: free, independent advice and representation on matters relating to nationality law and immigration directly to members of the public and a support and a referral service to other suitable agencies should an individual require more specialist advice. They have also given advice on matters relating nationality law and immigration for local Members of Parliament for the benefit of their constituents.
The Migrants’ Law Project
Islington Law Centre, 161 Hornsey Road, London, N7 6DU
Email: sonalgislingtonlaw [dot] org [dot] uk or katiecislingtonlaw [dot] org [dot] uk
The Migrants’ Law Project is a legal and public legal education project, hosted by Islington Law Centre, which aims to improve the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers through the use of public law. The MLP provides legal advice and support to organisations working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and aims to enable those organisations, through advice and training, to negotiate more effectively with the government and other relevant public bodies.
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum
The Sycamore Centre
33a Hungerhill Road
Tel: 011 5960 1230
Fax: 011 5962 4330
Email: infonottsrefugeeforum [dot] org [dot] uk
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs drop in service, Friday - appointments only.
The NNRF Drop-in Advice service runs every Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday between 10am and 3pm. Tickets are issued at Reception between 9am and 10.30am.
We operate a ‘triage’ system, whereby we will find out how we can help you, after which you may be asked to wait to see an adviser.
Please arrive before 10.30am to ensure that we can help you on the day.
We are doing our best to help everyone, but we may ask you to come another day if you arrive after 10.30.
As well as the daytime use of facilities, there are regular social evenings and training courses. There is a playroom for children. Interpreters are available in most refugee community languages. There are drop-in advice sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm. Here you can find information about or help with: NASS support or accommodation problems; Section 4 issues; how to obtain a solicitor; applications and form filling; contacting organises, eg City Council, Job Centre, employers etc; making appointments; advice if you are destitute; advice if you have just been granted refugee status or leave to remain; passport applications.
You can arrange an appointment to see an Immigration Advisor, who can give you help with: the asylum process; contacting your solicitor or the Home Office; advice if you have reached the end of the official asylum process; making naturalization and registration applications; with travel documents.
Nottingham Arimathea Trust
Nottingham Arimathea Trust provides housing and support for people who have had their first claim for asylum refused. They ensure that everyone they house has adequate legal representation so that they can work toward submitting fresh claims for asylum and, from there, access temporary Asylum Support housing.
They help people find medical support, volunteering opportunities and English classes so that they can improve their day-to-day lives and develop skills whilst they are working on asylum claims.
Everyone moving into Nottingham Arimathea Trust accommodation has the opportunity to work with a volunteer befriender or mentor, someone they can meet with regularly to get to know Nottingham, practice shared interests and English language with or who can help make phone calls to solicitors, support groups, doctors etc.
PAIWAND Refugee Community Organisation
Address: Afghan Association Paiwand 3rd Floor Middlesex House 130 College Road Harrow Middlesex HA1 1BQ
Phone 020 8905 8770
Email: infopaiwand [dot] com
Paiwand is a registered charity and limited company founded in 2002. Paiwand exists to provide culturally appropriate services for refugee communities whose needs cannot be met by mainstream service providers. Paiwand works with refugees and migrants of all nationalities, not just Afghans.
We respond to the health, social, cultural, educational and employment needs of community members, in particular those who are vulnerable and socially excluded. Although Paiwand was founded as an organisation aiming to serve the needs of London’s growing Afghan community, its services are now accessible to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants of any background.
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Amnesty International UK (AIUK)
The Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 03 31 575
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 03 31 503
Email: Paul [dot] Dillaneamnesty [dot] org [dot] uk
Persian LGBT Advisory Services
1 Piers Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B21 0UY
Tel: +44 (0)8 44 77 21 985
Fax: +44 30 01 22 20 43
The Persian LGBT Advisory service provides support for Persian speaking LGBT refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom. The organisation provides services to assist refugees to overcome the challenges of claiming asylum and living in the UK. The organisation provides assistance in finding legal advice; support from National Asylum Support Service, and interpretation services. The organisation also provides advice on educational and healthcare services in the UK.
Email: frances [dot] trevenaeavesforwomen [dot] org [dot] uk
Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Unit 14, Chapeltown Enterprise Centre, 231/235 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3DX
Tel: 0113 262 2163
Email: infopafras [dot] org [dot] uk
Positive Action for Refuges and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS) works with asylum seekers, refugees and local communities in Leeds and the surrounding area.
PAFRAS focuses on providing humanitarian support for asylum seekers who are homeless, without food or money and prevented from improving their situation by government policy. PAFRAS runs a twice-weekly drop-in at which we provide, a hot meal and casework support amongst other services.
Praxis Community Projects
Praxis provides advice, support & signposting to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants seeking protection in the UK. We do not currently provide legal aid advice and cannot legally represent clients at initial or appeal stages, but will refer to a legal advisor wherever possible and appropriate. We see clients one-to-one at our daily drop-in advice service (10am-1pm and 2-4pm Mon-Fri), offer phone advice during the same hours (tel: 020 7729 7985) undertake ongoing casework by appointment, and also offer a range of groupwork sessions and activities dealing with particular issues.
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87 Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HJ
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 79 31 777
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 79 31 719
Email: inforedress [dot] org
Contact Person: Kevin Laue
Email: kevinredress [dot] org
REDRESS is a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparations. REDRESS works at multiple levels of intervention, directly with survivors of torture, but also at the grassroots, national and international levels. REDRESS has a double route for getting involved with cases of torture. Firstly, victims, local NGOs or others get in touch directly about specific cases and REDRESS either takes action itself or refers the case to others if deemed necessary. Secondly, REDRESS, through its partnerships with local NGOs in a number of countries (e.g., Peru, DRC, Rwanda, Sudan, AHRC based out of Hong Kong, and Nepal), develops strategies in collaboration with its partners to assist each other with cases of torture and related international crimes.
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The Old Fire Station, 150 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SB
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 65 47 700
Fax: +44 (0)2 07 65 40 696
Email: inforefugee-action [dot] org [dot] uk (This email address should only be used if your local Refugee Action office cannot deal with your enquiry or if your enquiry is an agency-wide matter)
Refugee Action provide support to asylum seekers and refugees at all stages of their application process and after. They provide a One Stop Service giving advice on access to asylum support, the asylum application process, welfare benefits, employment and housing. They also advise clients facing problems such as racial harassment, domestic violence and destitution.
What they can help with: If you are an asylum seeker who has just arrived in the UK, they can offer advice on: Emergency accommodation if you are entitled to it; Applying for asylum support; Asylum Support Tribunal (AST) appeals; Referring you to a doctor. If you are an asylum seeker who is already receiving asylum support, they can offer advice on: Problems that may arise with your asylum support; Help with complaints about your accommodation; Local refugee/asylum seeker community organisations and support projects, or other organisations who can advise you; Referring you to a doctor; Appeal if your support is stopped by UKBA. What they can't help with: Immigration advice for migrants.
If you are considering returning voluntarily to your country of origin, Refugee Action offers a confidential information, advice and support service through their Choices project.
Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Wakefield District (RASA)
13 Upper York Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3LQ
Tel: +44 (0)1 92 43 68 855
Email: info-wakefieldnrcentre [dot] org [dot] uk
RASA Wakefield works on a drop in basis providing free and confidential advice and support to asylum seekers and refugees. The organisation assists service users with a wide range of enquiries including National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS), welfare benefits, employment, health, education, housing and immigration to name a few.
Refugee Council UK
240-250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 34 66 700
The Refugee Council offers free advice and information to refugees and asylum seekers. The Refugee Council can advise on entitlements and the meaning of laws, but cannot give legal advice or representation. However, the Refugee Council can refer clients to qualified legal representatives. Special services are offered for children and unaccompanied minors, as are training programmes and resettlement services.
Refugee Women's Association (RWA)
The RWA aims to empower Refugee Women through 1) Providing advice and guidance on education, training, employment, health and social care, Immigration Level 1, housing, welfare benefits, DV etc...2) Disseminating quality information on issues which matter to them, 3) Organising culturally sensitive customised training programmes, 4) Influencing/Lobbying policy makers, 5) Being committed to refugee women – being consistent and clear about our service provision, not diluting our principles of support to refugee women, and 6) Involving them in our activities at different levels. They also refer or signpost clients to other services when necessary. They work in partnetship with other commnuity organisations including partners from Europe (when running transnational projects).
Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership
REAP works with other agencies to provide advice and support services for refugees, asylum seekers, their communities and organisations that support them. Databases of resources for refugees including the directory refugee support services in London.
Still Human Still Here
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 03 31 600
Email: mike [dot] kayeamnesty [dot] org [dot] uk
Still Human Still Here is a broad coalition of organisations that are campaigning together to bring to an end the destitution of refused asylum seekers in the UK by improving the quality of the decision making process, extending asylum support and healthcare until the time of departure from the UK or their grant of leave to remain and granting asylum seekers permission to work if their cases have not been resolved in six months or if they have been refused but cannot be returned through no fault of their own.
The Resource section (http://stillhumanstillhere.wordpress.com/resources/) contains the latest briefings and reports from the asylum sector including commentaries on UKBA COI Operational Guidance Notes. These commentaries aim to be a tool to allow legal representatives to identify relevant country of origin information and point to potential inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the use of country of origin information and case law in the OGNs.
6 Lee Bank Business Centre, 55 Holloway Head, Birmingham, B1 1HP
Phone: +44 (0)1 21 61 64 700
Fax: +44 (0)1 21 64 30 700
Email: pastrpsolicitors [dot] co [dot] uk
TRP Solicitors Limited is an independent law practice in central Birmingham which has built up a strong reputation for its handling of asylum claims and related cases (such as refugee family reunion applications) since its inception in 2003. The firm carries out casework on a privately funded basis and through the legal aid scheme where possible.
Tower Hamlets Law Centre
The Tower Hamlets Law Centre provides free legal advice and assistance. Our services are available to those that live, work or study in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. We also have a range of legal advice and representation services for people living in other London Boroughs. We have a specific commitment to people on a low income and to assist in those areas of law where no Legal Help is available.
UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG)
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32-36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH
Tel: +44 (0)2 07 92 27 812
Helpline: +44 (0)2 07 92 27 811
Contact Person: Paul Dillane, Executive Director
Email: adminuklgig [dot] org [dot] uk
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner. Its asylum related activities include supporting LGBT asylum seekers by providing support and information via their helpline and in person; referring to solicitors; organising a monthly support meeting; visiting detention centres and running other social support projects. It also provides training and information on LGBT asylum issues to relevant service providers in the refugee and LGBT community, solicitors and other legal advisers, UKBA staff and the judiciary.
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group will ONLY respond to asylum queries of those who are already in the UK. One can attend their monthly asylum legal meetings, where volunteer solicitors will be giving general advice about the asylum process and meet other LGBT asylum seekers as well as speak to the members of their staff in person. Alternatively, one can call their helpline at 020 7922 7811.
Drummond Miller LLP
Email: ReceptionDrummond-Miller [dot] co [dot] uk
Glenorchy House, 20 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LR
Tel.: 0131 226 5151
Fax: 0131 225 2608
65 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 2DD
Tel.: 0141 332 0086
Fax: 0141 332 8295
Drummond Miller LLP provide legal aid to those seeking asylum in Scotland, and have offices across the country in Glasgow, Dunfermline, Dalkeith, Bathgate and Musselburgh – see list on website. Where individuals do not qualify for Legal Aid, Drummond Miller will try to keep costs as low as possible and are happy to agree fixed fees by prior arrangement.
Scottish Refugee Council
5 Cadogan Square, (170 Blythswood Court), Glasgow G2 7PH
Tel: +44 (0)1 41 24 89 799
Asylum Advice Helpline: 08 00 08 56 087 (FREEPHONE) to make an appointment or get advice
Fax: +44 (0)1 41 24 32 499
Email: infoscottishrefugeecouncil [dot] org [dot] uk
The Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity dedicated to providing advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. They also provide specialist services in areas such as housing and welfare, women's issues, community development, the media and the arts. They lead in campaign on refugee issues to ensure that Scotland plays a full role in meeting the UK's legal and humanitarian obligations under the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees.
Asylum Justice (AJ)
Asylum Justice (AJ) was first established in Swansea in 2005 by Roger Warren Evans, a retired barrister, recognising asylum seeker and refugee need for free, independent legal advice and representation. Based now in Cardiff, they work to assist clients in Wales helping asylum seekers and refugees to access justice in the numerous cases where the provision of Legal Aid falls short. Asylum Justice offers legal advice, assistance and representation to asylum seekers free of charge.
Free drop-in sessions: Monday, 6-8.30 pm at City United Reformed Church in Windsor Place, Cardiff (CF10 3BZ)
Welsh Refugee Council
WRC give asylum seekers and refugees advice, for example, they help people to understand the asylum system, find a lawyer and deal with any health and housing problems. Children who have arrived without their parents have a specialist advice worker. People with the right to work can get advice on job-hunting. WRC works in partnership with small organisations and individuals throughout Wales to promote the inclusion of refugees in local communities.