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
Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber
Our ambition is to roll-out a whole-society approach to integration across Yorkshire and Humber and to support new refugees, communities and public services to work with and benefit from each other.
Refugees have a key role, informing all aspects of this work. They will be involved as researchers and as members of a regional refugee integration forum and a workplace mentoring programme. RIYH aims to create a more integrated Yorkshire and Humber and to benefit communities beyond the lifetime of the project.
Migration Yorkshire are managing the project, and it's being delivered across the region through a wide partnership of organisations.
For more information, go to Refugee Integration Yorkshire and Humber
Migration Yorkshire, as the regional strategic migration partnership, works closely with the Home Office, and with the local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber, to coordinate and match people being resettled in the UK to appropriate accommodation and integration support in the region.
Migration Yorkshire’s Resettlement Team currently manages and coordinates several resettlement schemes:
- The UK Resettlement Scheme [UKRS]
- The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy [ARAP]
- The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme [ACRS]
You can find out more on our resettlement page
Our Children and Families Wellbeing Project addresses the mental health and wellbeing needs of refugee families in the region.
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.
Welcoming Young Refugees
Welcoming Young Refugees is a project that works with local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber to develop fostering services provision and expertise amongst professionals working with young refugees. We also provide support and training for foster carers and supported lodging providers.
We’ve also carried out research 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.