Accessibility statement for

We’re committed to making our website accessible, inclusive and user-friendly for everyone. This website is run by Migration Yorkshire.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. Some of the things we do to make our web pages accessible are:

  • We try to make the text on our web pages as simple as possible to understand and we provide a glossary of migration terms.
  • We use clearly labelled links that still make sense when read out of context.
  • We use plain backgrounds to improve the readability of text.
  • Visitors can resize text on the web pages.
  • No information is exclusively conveyed using colour.
  • Images have appropriate alternative descriptions [‘alt text’].
  • We try to ensure that the website works well when viewed with a range of popular browsers, including currently supported versions of FireFox, Internet Explorer and Safari and Chrome.

You can change the appearance of this website by changing your web browser settings. For instance, you can change the background colour and the text size. The BBC’s Web My Way website has information on how to adjust the settings in specific operating systems and browsers. Web pages look different depending on both the size of your computer monitor and the screen resolution [the higher the screen resolution, the more information you can see on your screen without scrolling]. This website is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

We use pdf [portable document format] file format for some documents. You can get free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view pdf files.

How accessible is this website?

We know some parts of the website aren't fully accessible, for example:

  • The website is not fully responsive to mobile devices, though you can zoom the website on mobile devices.
  • There isn’t sufficient colour contrast between text and background in some parts of the navigation menus, making some items hard to read for some people. The site map has appropriate contrast levels and offers an alternative way to navigate the site.
  • Most older documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.

You are welcome to contact us if you cannot access parts of this website

Please contact us if:

  • you need information on this website in a different format, or
  • you have experienced any accessibility challenges when using the website

We’ll do our best to help.

Enforcement procedure

If you’re not happy with how we respond to issues you have raised with us, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service [EASS] The Equality and Human Rights Commission [EHRC] is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies [Websites and Mobile Applications] (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 [the ‘accessibility regulations’].

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Migration Yorkshire is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies [Websites and Mobile Applications] (No 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances and exemptions are listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

We’re not able to list all instances of non-compliance with the accessibility regulations until we have done a full accessibility audit – this is happening in June 2020. By July 2020 we should be able to list accessibility problems and say by when we aim to fix them.

We’re working to address the following accessibility issue by September 2020:

  • Some text doesn’t have sufficient contrast ratio. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast [minimum].

Disproportionate burden

The age of the technology used to build the website – the website is now more than 10 years old – means it may not be possible to make the website fully compliant with the accessibility regulations whilst it remains on the current platform, because fixing all non-compliances could be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We’ll be in a better position to assess this once we have the results of our website audit. We anyway plan to replace this website with a more accessible one built on a different platform by the end of 2021.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations


Where we host our own documents:

  • Documents published before 23 September 2018: the accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix these documents, if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix archive policy documents.
  • Documents published on or after 23 September 2018: we aim to fix any accessibility issues in these documents, or replace them with accessible HTML pages, by September 2020.

When we link to documents on external websites, we can’t guarantee the accessibility of the documents.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We've arranged for our website to be audited to help us assess how we can improve accessibility.

We’re applying for funding to replace the website with one built on an accessible platform.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 29 May 2020.

This website was last tested in May 2020. The test was carried out in-house.



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