Covid 19

Updating you on Migration Yorkshire services during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Migrant information hub

Covid 19 information for migrants and services in Yorkshire and Humber

We’ve set up the Migrant Info Hub to help migrants and those supporting them to:

  • stay safe, connected and informed
  • reduce the harmful impacts of Covid 19 on the region and on people’s lives

It includes translations of key guidance and shareable resources.

We're looking for volunteer translators for the hub

If you're multilingual and can volunteer to help people to stay safe during the Coronavirus crisis, go to this page:

Volunteer translator opportunity: information and how to sign up

Other services

We're now working remotely, in line with the Covid 19 guidance issued by the UK Government and Public Health England

Currently, we’re all available by phone and email as usual.

You can contact our office for general enquiries as follows: 

Connecting Opportunities

Connecting Opportunities [CO] is still running and is open to new referrals. All services for participants are being offered remotely. For information about this that you can share, download our CO is open for business poster [300KB - pdf format].

Refugee Integration Service

The Refugee Integration Service is still operating and providing advice and support to newly granted refugees around issues such as accessing housing, welfare benefits, employment and training advice. The service is presently being provided by telephone contact only from each of the active areas [Barnsley, Calderdale, Doncaster, Hull and Rotherham]. Translation and interpretation services can be provided.

If you have any difficulties in accessing the service, please email for advice.


Support for our resettled refugees who have arrived under our regional Yorkshire and Humber LA partnership continues, remotely rather than face to face for the time being. All drop-ins, training and group work is cancelled.

UNHCR have suspended resettlement travel, so no new arrivals will be coming into the region under this scheme until further notice. Migration Yorkshire staff are working closely with the Home office to monitor this situation.

Statistics and research

  • We’re continuing to produce statistics reports for stakeholders in our region, and to publish these on this website, as usual.
  • Communities up Close We're finalising the project reports, but plans for dissemination events have been affected and we're exploring online alternatives.
  • Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber - research  We've had to pause fieldwork for the research with refugees, so we're not seeking potential interviewees for that at the moment, although our research partner the University of Huddersfield is continuing to conduct interviews with organisations.
  • SEER project [Suitable and Effective ESOL for Refugees]: we're finalising the toolkit about ESOL for refugees as planned; we'll publish it on this website in due course.

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children [UASC]

UASC transfers including Dubs, VCRS [Vulnerable Children Resettlement Scheme], NTS [National Transfer Scheme] have now started again.

Welcoming Young Refugees is still operating, though foster carer recruitment events and training are temporarily on hold. We're looking into offering remote training with some of our providers. If you've already booked with us on a course, we'll let you know whether it will be delivered online. We hope to resume our work fully when things are better. Find us on our Facebook page, where we're still sharing lots of information about the project.

Visit our Migrant information hub for some of the latest information relating to Covid 19 and young people. Recently added pages include:

  • Young migrants - includes national guidance on social care; school information; and mental health 
  • Young people and carers - includes ideas for things to do [from art to puzzles to exercise...]; links to online resources; wellbeing tips; local support organisations

We're continuing to update our existing UASC hub with more specialist information for professionals and carers.







Page last updated: 20/08/2020 14:35:46

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