Governmental/non-governmental organisations

Institute of Migration (IOM)

A Glossary of terms used around asylum and migration.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees 

International organisation with responsibility for coordination and support of refugees, people seeking asylum and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). 

UNHCR: International Statistics

United Nations Relief and Works Agency

UNRWA has responsibility for work with Palestinians in both Palestine and refugee camps across the Middle East:

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 

Website on international migration and multicultural policies.  

Border Agency web-site: 

Information on Asylum

Information on European Migration 

Information on Non-European Migration

Asylum statistics and migration information

Habitual residency

Information from Government:

British Red Cross

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.

NRPF Network

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.

Refugee Action

An independent national charity with 40 years’ experience in the reception, resettlement, development and integration of asylum seekers and refugees.

Refugee Council

Leading UK organisation for refugee and asylum seeker support. Useful guide for asviser and briefing sheets on a range of asylum issues.  

Working in the UK

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.

Institute of Race Relations

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.

Migrant Rights Network (MRN)

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.

North West Regional Strategic Migration Partnership

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 

Legal Centre (CLC)

Extremely good information on issues relating to asylum seeking and refugee children. Particularly useful for easy-to-read guidance for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU)

A not-for-profit legal advice organisation which specialises in advising and representing people in their immigration and asylum cases.

Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association (ILPA)

Produces a range of briefings and publications which are extremely accessible to non-specialists.

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)

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.

Country information

The BBC web-site

Provides useful, up to date and accessible information on countries around the globe. 

Amnesty International

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.  

Human Rights Watch

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.

European Country of Origin Information Network

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.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Country information compiled by and for the UK government.  

The World Factbook

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

Asylum Link Merseyside

An organisation dedicated to assisting Asylum Seekers and Refugees and to raising public awareness around Refugee issues.

Boaz Trust

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.

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)

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.

Refugee Access

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.

Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit (RAGU)

Information and support on rights and access to further and higher education. (London-based).  

Advice Now

Information on the rights of asylum seekers and migrant workers in the UK, with good downloadable guides.

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)

An independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK.  

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

Excellent source of information on welfare rights, and guidance on eligibility for benefits, housing, support etc.