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Useful Links and Resources for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
The Brasshouse Language Centre
The Brasshouse Language Centre in Birmingham produce various publications including a two-way Albanian English Phrase Book to help asylum seekers and refugees from Kosova to use some basic words of English.
Advice and guidance on immigration, health, housing, benefits, employment and education in many languages including Arabic, Albanian, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Urdu and Somali.
Immigration Advisory Service
The Immigration Advisory Service is a charity with over thirty years' experience and more than 250 staff members. It has branches located throughout the UK and participates in the Community Legal Service scheme. All of their advisers are professionals specialising in immigration and asylum.
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
"JCWI is an independent, national voluntary organisation campaigning for justice and combating racism in immigration, nationality and asylum law and policy."
Institute of Race Relations
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) is at the cutting edge of the research and analysis that informs the struggle for racial justice in Britain and internationally. It seeks to reflect the experience of those who suffer racial oppression and draws its perspectives from the most vulnerable in society.
The Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. They offer help and support and also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.
Asylum Aid is a charity which provides free legal advice and representation to refugees and asylum-seekers seeking safety in the UK from persecution. They also campaign for the fair treatment of refugees in the UK.
The United Nations Refugee Agency
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.
Amnesty International UK
This site is the UK arm of Amnesty International, providing information on the history of the organisation, information about campaigns and education and resource materials. The organisation states it is one of the main campaigning bodies in the 'refugee sector'.
The Commission for Racial Equality
The Commission for Racial Equality is a publicly funded, non-governmental body set up under the Race Relations Act 1976 to tackle racial discrimination and promote racial equality.
The Electronic Immigration Network
The Electronic Immigration Network aims to link major information providers with advice workers and practitioners dealing with all issues relating to immigration, refugee and nationality law and practice in the United Kingdom.
A web site provided by the National Association of Citizen Advice Bureaux, which offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice.
Subjects include Benefits, Employment, Family, Health,
Civil Rights and Immigration.
Human Rights Watch
This site highlights the plight of refugees in different parts of the world with reports, commentary and perspectives from refugees in their own voices.
Freedom from Torture is an independent charity that provides care and rehabilitation to survivors of torture and other forms of organised violence.
Birmingham centre website www.freedomfromtorture.org/about/15/5252