Research details

Infrastructure support needs for refugee and migrant community organisations. A report exploring provision and support for refugee organisations in Bradford.

Author[s] Katalushi, Clement

Date 2007

Summary

Aims


To identify gaps in refugee infrastructure support, needs of refugee community organisations [RCOs] and to provide a clearer understanding of refugee organisational capacity in Bradford.

Methodology


The research, funded by ChangeUp, is based on questionnaires completed by 21 organisations providing services to refugee organisations and 27 individuals with experience of services offered by RCOs.

Key issues


The report presents findings on the diversity, size and nature of RCOs, the types of services they provide, and views on the prioritisation of services. Issues of adequate and appropriate funding in relation to needs are discussed. Gaps are identified in terms of multi-agency work, legal support, referral to infrastructure support organisations and development plans.

Conclusions


There are disparities in services, a lack of clarity on what resources are available to RCOs, particularly related to confusion about services are accessible to asylum seekers. Standards of service are variable. There is concern that increased numbers of migrant workers will lead to RCOs being marginalised by local authorities and service providers.

Recommendations


The report suggests short term and long term action plans to address RCO capacity, continued monitoring of RCOs, resourcing, meaningful partnerships, and ESOL provision.

Further details

Resource type
report
Published by
Action for Black Community Development, Bradford





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