A Glossary of terms used around asylum and migration.
International organisation with responsibility for coordination and support of refugees, people seeking asylum and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
UNRWA has responsibility for work with Palestinians in both Palestine and refugee camps across the Middle East:
Website on international migration and multicultural policies.
Border Agency web-site:
Information from Government:
Greater Manchester and Merseyside branches provide a range of services to refugees and asylum seekers in the region: the Red Cross also has an International Tracing and Messaging Service which works worldwide to restore and maintain contact between families by conveying messages and helping trace relatives who may have gone missing.
The No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Network is a national network safeguarding the welfare of destitute families, adults and care leavers who are unable to access benefits due to their immigration status.
An independent national charity with 40 years’ experience in the reception, resettlement, development and integration of asylum seekers and refugees.
Leading UK organisation for refugee and asylum seeker support. Useful guide for asviser and briefing sheets on a range of asylum issues.
The Government’s website containing, information on visiting, working, studying, settling or seeking asylum in the UK
Information about visa categories for the UK – detailed info on the Point Based System.
The IRR news network aims to provide professionals in the voluntary sector, activists, students and interested individuals with a rich and dynamic news and information resource on race and refugee issues in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Works for a rights-based approach to migration, with migrants as full partners in developing the policies and procedures which affect life in the UK.
Funded by the Home Office, and hosted by Manchester City Council. Local authority led, but working with organisations across the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors to help the region to deal with, and benefit from, migration.
Legal issues and information on migration and asylum
Extremely good information on issues relating to asylum seeking and refugee children. Particularly useful for easy-to-read guidance for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
A not-for-profit legal advice organisation which specialises in advising and representing people in their immigration and asylum cases.
Produces a range of briefings and publications which are extremely accessible to non-specialists.
An independent national voluntary organisation, campaigning for justice and combating racism in immigration and asylum law and policy. JCWI provides free advice and casework, training courses, and a range of publications.
Provides useful, up to date and accessible information on countries around the globe.
The international (rather than UK-based) website for Amnesty International is a good source of information on human rights in many migrant and exile countries of origin.
A source of reliable information on rights issues around the world, in particular the prestigious annual ‘World Report’, which summarises human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide and is based on extensive investigative work undertaken by Human Rights Watch staff, usually in close partnership with human rights activists in the country in question.
Up-to-date and publicly available country of origin information with a special focus on the needs of asylum lawyers, refugee counsels and persons deciding on claims for asylum and other forms of international protection.
Country information compiled by and for the UK government.
CIA’s World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
Migrant support organisations
An organisation dedicated to assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees and to raising public awareness around Refugee issues.
Aims, primarily through the Church, to provide accommodation for those who are homeless, and works with the Red Cross, Refugee Action and other groups to set up Destitution Projects providing food and other essentials.
Multi-lingual team committed to supporting and empowering Eastern European nationals in Greater Manchester.
An umbrella organisation of 76 refugee-assisting agencies in 30 countries working towards fair and humane policies for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.
A website for asylum seekers, refugees and agencies working in Yorkshire, Humberside and the Liverpool area.
Education and employment
UK ENIC is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills.
Information and support on rights and access to further and higher education. (London-based).
Information on the rights of asylum seekers and migrant workers in the UK, with good downloadable guides.