Communities Up Close

This two year research project will give the Yorkshire and Humber region a unique understanding of migration at a local level. It aims to help local authorities better prepare for and respond to new migration.

We'll gather people’s experiences and a range of information to build a picture of how migration impacts communities in different ways. Ten neighbourhoods will share experiences, challenges and positive progress, while researchers will bring together a variety of data on local demographics, services and migration trends to build a picture of change and how each area is responding.

Funded by the Government's Controlling Migration Fund, this ground-breaking research will be the first of its kind in the UK.

For more information, contact:

Pip Tyler [Policy and Research Manager]
Tel: 0113 378 9023

Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Ten organisations that specialise in working with migrants are offering tailored support, cultural orientation, English language classes and other training across West Yorkshire and part of North Yorkshire [Craven, Harrogate, Selby and York]. The project is creating new local connections, with opportunities for local people to be volunteer mentors and befrienders, and for employers to provide work placements to help people get a foothold in the job market. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Migration Yorkshire is the lead partner on the project. 

For further information, go to Connecting Opportunities

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Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber

Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber [RIYH] will support new refugees to settle into their community, and help employers, public services and communities work with and benefit from refugees. A group of key organisations will create a regional plan to drive forward refugee integration, while employers and public services staff can take advantage of training on working with refugees. The project will put integration into practice, as refugees will be involved in crucial roles as trainers, mentors and researchers. RIYH aims to create a more integrated Yorkshire and Humber and to benefit communities beyond the lifetime of the project.

Migration Yorkshire are managing RIYH, and it will be delivered across the region through a partnership of seven organisations. 

For more information, go to Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber

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Syrian Resettlement Programme

In 2015 the UK agreed to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees, under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, with 1,500 in Yorkshire and Humber. Migration Yorkshire manages the programme to settle people across the region.

As part of this work we:

  • Allocate cases from the Home Office and the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugees [UNHCR] across the region.
  • Liaise closely with local authorities.
  • Coordinate logistics before and after arrival.

Each family receives support for five years through the scheme. Migration Yorkshire guides all regional local authorities [except Bradford] on how best to help each family thrive in their new communities, from English classes to education, health and employment support.

Our Children and Families Wellbeing Project addresses the mental health and wellbeing needs of refugee families in Yorkshire and Humber.

For further information on resettlement, contact:

Charlotte Cooke
Yorkshire and Humber Syrian Resettlement Project Manager
Tel:  0113 378 9014

UASC - National Transfer Scheme

Migration Yorkshire helps local authorities to meet the needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking children [UASC] by coordinating UASC referrals across the region from the National Transfer Scheme. We make sure that professionals are able to offer the best support to UASC by providing high quality training and guidance. See our UASC hub for links to useful resources and guidance, and information about training opportunities.

For further information, contact:

Dinah Beckett
Regional Asylum and Refugee Integration Manager
Tel 0113 378 9012

Welcoming Young Refugees

Migration Yorkshire is supporting local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber to recruit foster carers and supported lodgings providers for unaccompanied asylum seeking children [UASC].

We’re training new and experienced carers to support UASC and appreciate their specific needs.

We’re also carrying out research throughout the project to develop our understanding of the needs, wishes and experiences of UASC - findings will be used to improve services and support offered to young people and their carers.

For further information, go to:

About the Welcoming Young Refugees project

Find out about fostering 

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See also

Past projects 


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