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Asylum Seekers

Asylum Aid

News and Information from Asylum Aid, a charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees in the UK providing free legal advice and representation.

Citizens Advice Bureau - Help with immigration problems

Information and advice on immigration problems from the Citizens Advice Bureau. Includes contact details of useful organisations.

Employability Forum

Building Bridges for newcomers to the UK (an independent umbrella organisation which promotes the skills and experience of refugees in the UK).

Home Office - Border and Immigration Agency

The Agency assumes the responsibilities of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) for managing immigration control in the UK. The site includes information about applying, detailed information about law and policy and advice about coming to the UK.

Immigration Advisory Service (IAS)

Website of the IAS, a charity giving legal advice and representation services to immigrants and asylum seekers free to those who are eligible. Includes online advice, local contacts and news. Basic information is available in several languages.

Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees

ICAR aims to raise the level of public debate and understanding of asylum in the UK context and to encourage evidence-based policy making.

International Organisation for Migration

The IOM runs the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) for asylum seekers that wish to voluntarily return to their countries of origin. The South West is covered by the IOM Bristol office, full details of the assistance available, application forms and contact details are available from the website.


Information, advice, guidance and learning materials translated into twelve different community languages. Content is provided by organisations including Age Concern, Mind, Coventry Law Centre, AVERT and Carers UK.

Red Cross - Refugee services

Information on the British Red Cross and their services to refugees and asylum seekers.

Refugee Action

News and information from Refugee Action, working with and supporting refugees in the UK with reception, resettlement, development and integration.

Refugee Council

Comprehensive news and information from the Refugee Council, the UK's largest organisation supporting and working with asylum seekers and refugees.