City of Sanctuary cannot advise on legal issues and it is important for volunteers not to risk giving the wrong advice. It is always better to signpost to local advice services such as The Red Cross. However, here are some useful links to help volunteers with some basic information and also access to training.
Asylum Aid – “The asylum process made simple” information on the UK’s asylum law and decision-making process. See also their excellent video by asylum seeking women providing advice about the asylum interview for asylum seeking women.
Asylum Help (The key government contractors for providing advice and guidance to asylum seekers and refugees.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) have two guidance documents on immigration and asylum related legal issues. Published June 2017. Includes: “Guidance for Professionals Working with People with Immigration and Asylum Issues: How to help your client navigate the legal system.” and “Need help with your immigration and asylum issues? What you need to know.”
Refugee Action Front Line Immigration Advice Project – provides free training to organisations including Level 1 OISC
The Migrants’ Law Project (MLP) offers training and support to organisations and groups working with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who want to understand how the law affects their clients. They have just released a set of new factsheets on the basics of asylum, immigration system which can be found here including factsheets on Family Reunification and Dublin 111.
Right to Remain Toolkit – A Guide to the UK Immigration and Asylum System and taking action for the right to remain
Asylum Justice (a charitable trust, that provides free legal services to asylum seekers and refugees in Wales)
The Free Movement Immigration Law Blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law on the main blog
Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) is a dynamic charity working across the UK with the aim of reducing destitution amongst asylum seekers by protecting their legal rights to food and shelter.
Asylum Research Consultancy (ARC) set up to improve the quality of the refugee status determination process. Provides accurate, reliable and relevant Country of Origin Information (COI).
Coram Children’s Legal Centre provide legal advice and deliver the Migrant Children’s Project. Their website features a whole selection of new fact sheets and resources on subjects that relate to migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people. The fact sheets cover such topics as asylum, immigration, EU law, nationality, access to local authority support, education and healthcare, and more. Each legal fact sheet also comes with an introduction to the topic for non-legal professionals. See also their updated guide, “Seeking Support: a guide to the rights and entitlements of separated children” providing comprehensive, practical advice to professionals on how to work with unaccompanied or separated children and young people and ensure they access the support and protection they need.
Free Oxford University Press Resources on the rights of refugees.
In response to the refugee crisis in Europe, OUP has made more than 30 book chapters, journal articles (including some from the Journal of Refugee Studies), and pieces of content from online resources freely accessible to assist those working with refugees on the ground, as well as anyone who would like to know more about the framework of rights and obligations concerning refugees. The collection will be freely available, and you can access it here.
You might also be interested in this article on the OUP blog by the JRS’s Editor Khalid Koser, which was published to coincide with the collection.