Acknowledgements to Rob Warm and Pip Tyler from Yorkshire and Humber for compiling report.
Guidance for organisations working with homeless Central and Eastern Europeans is grouped into themes below.
- Good Practice Notes to support local authorities and their partners to develop a strategic response and offer for Central and Eastern European rough sleepers were released December 2010.
- Working with homeless A8 nationals: See our 2006 good practice guide, Sharing Solutions, on how to work with A8 nationals in homelessness services
- Guidance for local authority housing options teams with low numbers of Central and Eastern Europeans presenting for advice is available here.
- Accommodation: information on accommodating Central and Eastern Europeans
- Reconnection: information about reconnection services
- Employment: information on employment entitlements and resources
- Legal advice: a list of relevant legal advice providers
- Opening Doors, a project between Charted Institute of Housing (CIH) and Housing Associations' Charitable Trust (HACT) up to June 2009, produced a range of material which should be useful to any housing organisation wanting to expand its services to refugees and new migrants. Access the materials here.
The health section of the entitlements guide, developed by Homeless link and the AIRE Centre, gives guidance on A8 and A2 nationals’ entitlements to NHS services, including access to primary and secondary care, and information about the European Health Insurance card.
The NHS has published Primary Care guidance for people who are new to the UK which includes information on how to register with a GP and access other NHS Services. It clarifies the processes involved and provides information about locating local healthcare services. The guidance is also available in Polish.
NHS Newham has produced an information video for migrants on how to access primary health services in the borough.
General advice and guidance
A new site has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust (HACT) aimed at answering questions about the housing rights of new migrants. The site includes sections on the specific housing rights of new migrants who are:
- EEA workers and other EEA nationals and family members
- A8 nationals
- Bulgarians and Romanians
- work permit holders
- people fleeing domestic violence
- people with social care needs.
Visit the Housing rights website or for further information see the article on the HACT website, or the article on the CIH website.
Homeless Link offers training courses on working with clients from the A8 member states. For more information visit the training pages.
The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group runs training courses on issues faced by lesbian and gay asylum seekers when claiming asylum in the UK. For more information visit the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) website.
In September 2008 the Terrence Higgins Trust launched a programme of work called 'Scene but unseen: Assisting migrant gay men targeting men who have sex with men who have migrated to England and Wales to help reduce their vulnerability to HIV and poor sexual health'.
Pocket-sized concertina leaflets in 6 languages (English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish)
Gay Britain website (this is for both migrant men themselves and professionals in the HIV/sexual health and immigration sectors)
‘Scene but unseen: Assisting migrant gay men’ resource pack
Sector summary report; and Guidelines and audit tool for migration organisations.
Homeless Link has produced two short guides to help homelessness organisations communicate with their Central and Eastern European clients:
HOW TO: Help your clients communicate
HOW TO: Recruit volunteers who speak Central and Eastern European languages - produced in partnership with Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau.
Ectaco free online dictionaries can translate to and from all of the A8 languages. The Polish page also offers a service to translate larger sections of text. Do be aware however that these kinds of sites generally translate quite literally and do not necessarily amend the sentence structure appropriate to the language.
Language Line is a telephone based interpreting service. They offer special rates for voluntary organisations. Please contact them directly for a quote.
Most consulate websites have information on recommended translators and interpreters. See consulate information to get a list of these websites.
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The website has been built with design input from migrant workers and people that support them. The site provides essential information about immigrating to the UK, employment and training, housing, transport, money, resources for families and children, healthcare and emergency contact information.
The portal has been built by a consortium of four companies led by HTK who are experts at building large, interactive portals. HTK is supported by Keystone Development Trust, a specialist charity that helps migrant workers in the UK, web designers Smith and Saunders, and Milner LLP a marketing consultancy.
The portal is being funded by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
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Destitution amongst asylum-seeking and refugee children
Destitution: The Children’s Society’s findings
Destitution amongst asylum seeking and refugee children
The Migration Parliamentary Group (MPG) 'myth busting' fact sheets.
Myth-busting fact sheet #1
Myth-busting fact sheet #2
Myth-busting fact sheet #3 - Housing
Myth-busting fact sheet #4 - Health
Myth-busting fact sheet #5 - Employment
Myth-busting fact sheet #6 - Education
How refugee community and mainstream organisations assist and support disabled refugees and asylum seekers in London
Refugee Support Research
Refugee Support, the refugee arm of the Metropolitan Support Trust has recently commissioned research in to how refugee community and mainstream organisations assist and support disabled refugees and asylum seekers in London. The objectives of the research are to: map existing work; assess unmet need; identify barriers to accessing services, explore the concepts of disability and address the shortfalls in service provision. Research findings will be available in November and released at a dissemination event at City Hall in London. For more information about this research contact Charlotte Keeble, Research and Consultancy Manager on 020 7501 2214.
Migrants from A8 Countries and Housing in the East Midlands
The enlargement of the EU in 2004 to incorporate the so-called A10 countries led to a greater than anticipated increase in the number of migrant workers from the A8 countries: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and Estonia (Audit Commission 2007). Little is known about the housing needs and impacts of the arrival of migrants from A8 countries.
Decent and Safe Homes (East Midlands) was requested by the Regional Housing Group and Government Office East Midlands to conduct research into the housing needs of Accession country migrant workers in the East Midlands. The aims of this project are to explore the housing needs of A8 migrant workers and to suggest means of meeting them.
Research conducted by the University of Birmingham, attached below.
Main Report - Nottingham Migrant Worker April 2009
A study of A8 and A2 migrants in Nottingham
Salford Housing & Urban Studies Unit
University of Salford
In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the migration of people from A8 and A2 countries1. It is now recognised that local authorities need to understand the composition and needs of their local population in order to be able to plan and deliver services effectively, as well as being able to respond to any issues relating to community cohesion2. Consequently, local authorities are making efforts to find out about the experiences and needs of these new and emerging communities.
The research was commissioned by Nottingham City Council and One Nottingham in August 2008 and was conducted by a team of researchers from the Salford Housing & Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford. The study was greatly aided by research support from Nottingham City Council Children’s Services Asylum Seeker/Refugee Support Team, as well as a number of community interviewers. The project was managed by a steering group composed of officers representing Nottingham City Council, One Nottingham, Nottingham City Homes, NHS Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, Nottinghamshire Police and Basic Educational Guidance in Nottinghamshire (BEGIN).
Refugee Council's guide to employing Refugees
Please find attached below the guide for employers Refugee Council have just published jointly with the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Skills for Care Polish Migrant Workers Skills Audit Project Report
Accommodation for migrant workers
Migrant workers come to the UK to seek employment but all too often find themselves living in expensive, overcrowded and poor-quality accommodation. This report seeks to make a fresh assessment of this important issue.
The report is titled ‘Home from Home’ and its recommendations cover four broad areas of action:
*Improving accommodation options and addressing homelessness
*Improving accommodation conditions and enforcement of standards
*Building stronger communities
Commission on Vulnerable Employment report
The Commission on Vulnerable Employment estimate that around two million workers in the UK find themselves in vulnerable employment – which we define as precarious work that places people at risk of continuing poverty and injustice resulting from an imbalance of power in the employer-worker relationship. You can download the short version of the Commission on Vulnerable Employment report here by clicking below on the following link.
Managing the Impacts of Migration: A Cross-Government Approach
Please click on this link for this report: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/communities/pdf/838935.pdf
Institute for Public Policy Research
Floodgates or turnstiles? Post-EU enlargement migration flows to (and from) the UK