Refugees

The key role local authorities play in the mental health of young migrants and refugees

07/05/2021

Amy Spiller explains how accessing mental health support through their local authorities can have a transformative effect on young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Government tells councils to ‘do their bit’ for child asylum seekers

21/08/2020

The Home Office has called on local authorities to do more to support vulnerable children seeking asylum in the UK.

Extending support for refugees could save millions, research finds

18/02/2020

Helping new refugees for longer could help save the public purse millions of pounds every year, new research has revealed today.

Providing sanctuary for refugees

10/12/2019

Neil Merrick finds out what councils across the country are doing to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees.

Helping young migrants settle in the UK

04/11/2019

Amy Spiller explains how young people from migrant backgrounds are inspiring newcomers to the UK.

London boroughs warn refugee scheme ‘is not working’

08/07/2019

The Government scheme for distributing refugee children throughout the country is not working, according to London Councils.

Javid commits to resettling 5,000 refugees next year

18/06/2019

Sajid Javid has announced that the UK will resettle 5,000 more refugees under a new, expanded resettlement scheme that will come into force next year.

Government publishes guide on how to treat refugees

04/06/2019

A framework giving advice on how to treat refugees and migrants has been produced by the Home Office.

Councils ‘lose confidence’ in system for housing asylum seekers

17/12/2018

Inspection of housing for asylum seekers should be carried out by councils rather than civil servants, MPs have recommended.

Government acted ‘unlawfully’ over Dubs Amendment

04/10/2018

The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the Government acted ‘unlawfully’ in not giving reasons to children refused entry to Britain under the Dubs Amendment.

Children from Calais refugee camp granted leave to stay in UK

14/09/2018

The Government has announced a new form of leave for children transferred to the UK during the 2016 clearance of the Calais refugee camp.

Asylum seeker evictions will create 'humanitarian crisis’, Scottish politicians warn

31/07/2018

Politicians are urging the home secretary to prevent a 'humanitarian crisis' by halting outsourcing company's plans to evict hundreds of failed asylum seekers.

Resettled Syrian refugees report ‘positive experiences’ with councils

27/07/2018

Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the UK with the support of councils report ‘more positive experiences’ than those coming through the asylum route.

UK half way to meeting target of resettling 20,000 refugees

22/02/2018

The UK has passed the half way mark in its commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees by 2020.

Council ‘struggling’ to resettle refugees

11/01/2018

A Welsh authority is struggling to rehouse Syrian refugees because of a shortage of suitable housing.

Councils must be ‘fully resourced’ to house refugees, open letter says

15/12/2017

The Government must ensure local authorities are ‘fairly and fully financially resourced’ to house asylum seekers, an open letter from refugee groups says.

Councils resettle over one third of Gov’s Syrian refugee target

29/08/2017

Over 8,500 Syrian refugees have been resettled by more than 200 local authorities under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) scheme, new figures have revealed.

Whitehall announces £1m of refugee support funds

19/07/2017

The home secretary today announced £1m of extra funding to help communities support Syrian refugees.

Asylum seekers face destitution due to lack of Gov support, charity warns

10/07/2017

The Government is going against its own guidance and allowing asylum seekers to fall into destitution, charity warns.

MPs condemn ‘unfair’ two-tier system of refugee protection

25/04/2017

MPs have condemned the ‘two-tier system of refugee protection’ which is leaving refugees homeless and destitute, undermining their integration prospects.

Councils can take 4,000 unaccompanied child migrants, MPs claim

06/03/2017

Councils have the capacity to take up to 4,000 unaccompanied child migrants providing they are handed Government cash to support any new scheme, MPs report.

200 councils house Syrian refugees, figures reveal

23/02/2017

More than 200 local authorities across the UK have housed Syrian refugees in the last one and a half years, new figures reveal.

Whitehall’s war on unaccompanied minors

14/02/2017

William Eichler argues the decision to scrap the Dubs scheme for child refugee should come as no surprise.

Government announces U-turn over child refugees

09/02/2017

The Government has announced it will end its commitment to take in thousands of unaccompanied child refugees after only 350 have been brought to Britain.

Government asylum accommodation a ‘disgrace’, MPs say

31/01/2017

MPs have branded the state of some asylum accommodation provided by Government contractors a ‘disgrace’ and called for more local authorities to take in asylum seekers.

Council responsibilities towards Syrian refugees ‘too vague’ warn MPs

13/01/2017

A lack of clarity on what local authorities should provide to Syrian refugees poses a threat to the long-term success of the Government’s resettlement programme, committee says.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children – the local authority conundrum

29/11/2016

With one in four local authorities allegedly refusing to accept refugee children from the Calais Jungle, what obligations do councils have regarding unaccompanied migrant children?

Councils covering half the cost of caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children

03/11/2016

The Home Office is only providing local authorities with half the cost of caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children, according to new analysis.

Government pledges support to councils to help refugee children

25/10/2016

The Government will work with councils to help children from the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais who are eligible to enter the UK, home secretary pledged.

Unaccompanied refugee children: an interview with a Kent councillor

25/10/2016

Closure of the Calais camp means the UK will receive more unaccompanied children. Cllr Peter Oakford talks about the challenges this may pose for councils.

Devon to host temporary refugee facility

24/10/2016

Devon is to host a temporary respite facility for up to 70 young people from the refugee camp in Calais.

Support for unaccompanied refugee children must be ‘properly funded’, LGA says

14/10/2016

The Government should ensure ‘long-term funding arrangements’ are in place to help councils as they look after children arriving from the Calais refugee camp.

Red tape leaving child refugees stranded in Calais 'Jungle' warns report

10/10/2016

Unaccompanied refugee children in the Calais ‘Jungle’ are not being reunited with their family in the UK quickly enough due to too much bureaucracy, a new report had warned.

Future of Syrian resettlement programme ‘at risk’, auditors say

13/09/2016

The future of the Syrian resettlement programme could be put at risk by local authorities’ lack of suitable accommodation and school places, auditors warn.

Councils caring for 62% more children seeking asylum

07/09/2016

There has been a 62% increase in the number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum being looked after by councils in the past year, new figures have revealed.

Councils ‘confident’ they can meet Government’s refugee resettlement target

05/09/2016

Local authorities are ‘confident’ they will be able to fulfil the Government’s pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

London council offers help to refugee children

18/08/2016

Lambeth has committed itself to resettling unaccompanied refugee children and has urged central Government to provide the necessary funding.

Council chiefs to visit ‘Calais jungle’ migrant camp

17/08/2016

Senior councillors will visit the ‘Calais jungle’ migrant camp tomorrow as part of a trip aimed at considering measures to keep unaccompanied children and young people safe.

Councils not ‘pulling their weight’ in rehousing Syrian refugees, say MPs

03/08/2016

Some local authorities are failing to do enough to help resettle Syrian refugees, leading to a ‘two-tier system’ of support, MPs have warned today.

Community sponsorship scheme to support refugees launched

19/07/2016

A new scheme encouraging community groups to sponsor refugee families was launched today by the Home Secretary and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Only five Welsh councils re-settling Syrian refugees

06/06/2016

Welsh councils have accused of failing to 'step up to the plate' after the latest figures revealed only five had rehoused Syrian refugees so far - despite all 22 pledging to do so.

Coventry City Council takes in the most Syrian refugees

27/05/2016

New figures from the Home Office reveal Coventry City Council has supported more Syrian refugees than any other local authority since the expansion of the resettlement programme

Cameron does u-turn on lone child refugees

05/05/2016

Prime minister David Cameron has backed down on plans not to accept unaccompanied refugee children who were already in Europe, after fears of a Tory revolt.

Restricting support for migrant families puts children at risk, report says

28/04/2016

Moves to further restrict support to migrant families could leave children homeless and put them at risk of exploitation and abuse, a new report argues.

Home Office-contracted housing provider told to reduce ‘overcrowding’ in its homes

29/02/2016

The housing provider that was embroiled in the coloured wristband controversy last January has been issued with a legal notice to reduce overcrowding at its premises, the Guardian reports.

Homes earmarked for refugees needed for flood-stricken residents, council says

25/01/2016

Council ‘exempted’ from housing refugees because homes are needed for victims of the recent floods, The Westmorland Gazette reports.

MPs urge Government to accept an additional 3,000 refugee children

05/01/2016

A commons select committee has urged the Government to accept an additional 3,000 Syrian refugee children after a two-year-old boy drowned off the Greek coast becoming the first refugee casualty of 2016.

Minister thanks local authorities for their efforts resettling Syrian refugees

22/12/2015

The minister for Syrian refugees has followed the Prime Minister in thanking local authorities for their work resettling Syrians who have fled an increasingly brutal civil war.

Councils demand help with the ‘huge bills’ to look after refugee children

22/12/2015

Local government leaders have demanded action to help councils facing huge bills to look after refugee children.

PM praises councils for resettling 1,000 Syrian refugees

16/12/2015

More than 50 local authorities have helped resettle 1,000 Syrian refugees, meeting the government's target of re-housing 1,000 refugees by Christmas.

Council leaders set up 'one-stop' web page to help with refugee crisis

15/09/2015

Local authority leaders have created a special page on their website to deal with the pressure of enquiries about how to help refugees fleeing from the Middle East.

Government to act fast on refugees

14/09/2015

The Government said it was fully committed to settling Syrian refugees ‘as quickly as possible’ following a meeting with local authority leaders on Friday.

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