No bias in housing allocation to migrants

The vast majority of people who live in social housing in Britain were born in the UK, according to a research study published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The study found that less than two per cent of all social housing residents are people who have moved to Britain in the last five years and that nine out of ten people who live in social housing were born in the UK. It found no evidence to support the perception that new migrants are getting priority over UK born residents. Nor was there any evidence of abuse of the system, including ‘queue jumping’ or providing false information. Continue reading

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Door Step refugee advice project now online

Door Step Equal Access is a unique multimedia project with a  participative approach to the development and delivery of information, advice and support services.

Paula’s Story is a short drama researched, written, acted in and filmed by the  five refugees who took part in the Door Step project in Glasgow, Scotland. It tells the story of the challenges facing a refugee family moving on from asylum support and trying to find a secure home.

The film is designed as an aid to advice work, and for training and awareness-raising. The DVD is accompanied by a User Guide which provides background information, highlights key issues and includes a checklist for advisers at each stage.

The DVD (in English, Arabic and French) and the User Guide are available free of charge from PATH Scotland, or can be downloaded from the Door Step website at:

www.door-step.net

Home from Home: migrant housing report from BSHF

Migrant workers come to the UK to seek employment but all too often find themselves living in expensive, overcrowded and poor-quality accommodation. This report seeks to make a fresh assessment of this important issue.

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No Place Like Home? new Shelter publication

Homelessness charity Shelter has criticised inadequate housing conditions for migrants in a report.

No Place Like Home? is a discussion document focusing on the sizeable number of migrants who are homeless or in bad housing, but who fall outside of any kind of mainstream housing or welfare provision. In sections, the paper looks at:

  • The housing situation for migrants coming to the UK
  • Perceptions and the reality of the housing impact of migrants
  • Current government policy and the subsequent implications for migrants
  • Options for reform

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New migrant housing rights website for England

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust (hact) have launched the first housing rights website to be specifically aimed at answering housing rights queries for new migrants in England.

Visitors to the site, at www.housing-rights.info , are able enter as either frontline housing advisers or new arrivals to receive advice and guidance about their housing rights, including the law on eligibility for social housing and related welfare benefits. The site includes sections on the specific housing rights of new migrants who are: refugees, EEA workers and other EEA nationals and family members, A8 nationals, Bulgarians and Romanians, work permit holders, people fleeing domestic violence and people with social care needs. Visitors are also be able to select links to relevant documents and websites, including DWP and the Home Office.

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Refugee homelessness in Glasgow

The Scottish Government has just published the latest national figures on homelessness. The trend appears to be downward, but there is a significant rise in families living in temporary homelessness accommodation – a problem highlighted earlier this year at the Shared Futures refugee housing seminar in Glasgow.

The UK-wide Home Office legacy review (of unresolved asylum applications) suddenly granted leave to remain to several hundred families in Glasgow over a very short period in late 2007/early 2008. This review obviously brought great joy and relief for the families, many of whom had been living in the city for several years awaiting a decision on their applications which seemed lost in the system.

But the review also brought extra pressures on local services as so many new refugees suddenly had their entitlement to Home Office housing and support terminated.

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Shared Futures: Glasgow refugee housing seminar report

A short report on the Shared Futures seminar: a Refugee Week 2008 event in Glasgow that brought together housing providers, planners, funders, support agencies, refugee residents and community organisations.


The Shared Futures seminar was organised by Community InfoSource and Govan Housing Association’s Community Inclusion Coordinator. The aims were to contribute to the local and national housing debate from a refugee perspective, and to update partners on the development of the Door Step project.

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