Asylum resources

There are many good national charities working for asylum seekers in the UK that offer a wealth of information and services. Read more about them here:

Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)  A small national charity which aims to reduce destitution amongst asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter.

Asylum Aid – A charity providing advice and legal representation to asylum seekers and refugees.

The Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) – The membership network supporting volunteer visitors to immigration detainees.

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) – A charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK.

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JWCI) – An independent national charity which exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality and refugee law and policy.

NACCOM – A network of organisations across the UK supporting destitute asylum seekers by providing some form of accommodation.

Refugee Action – A charity helping people who’ve fled persecution and violence rebuild their lives, through advice, support and campaigns.

The Refugee Council – A leading national charity supporting refugees to rebuild their lives, offers a series of excellent information sheets.

Rural Refugee Network– A charity which seeks to help source accommodation for Syrian refugees and campaigns on asylum seeker and refugee issues.

City of Sanctuary – Founded in 2005, this national movement works through local networks to build a culture of hospitality and welcome for refugees seeking sanctuary from war or persecution. The website includes a comprehensive list of local groups and contacts, plus a useful resources section including advice on how to set up your own group. We have strong links with the City of Sanctuary Southampton.

Southampton Action  collects donations for distribution to asylum seekers and refugees in the local area, Calais and further afield and providing practical assistance to refugees