This year’s Annual Report contains a summary of our Vision document and an overview of our work and financial operations over the last year, alongside analysis from the 2016 accommodation survey. If you would like to receive a hard copy of this report please contact us.
Below you will find detailed reports from NACCOM Members and other organisations about destitution in the UK.
A resource for practitioners and groups who want to get involved.
Produced for Housing Justice, NACCOM and Praxis by Ceri Hutton and Sue Lukes (April 2015)
There are a range of projects across the UK which have highlighted the presence of destitute migrants and the need to develop responses to their humanitarian needs. These projects have also developed innovative practices that have the potential to inspire others. This resource identifies some of the elements of best practice in relation to these models.
Heather Petch, John Perry and Sue Lukes
This report explains the nature and urgency of the problems affecting destitute migrants, what solutions might work and how obstacles to helping them can be tackled. It also gives advice on overcoming legal obstacles to giving help to destitute migrants.
Gina Clayton, ASSIST Sheffield
This study focuses on the legal needs of destitute refused asylum seekers. It builds on a 2013 report published by Asylum Aid: Rethinking Asylum Legal Representation. It sits within the 2015 movement of the homelessness and advice sectors whose aim is to collaborate and end destitution among migrants, and is addressed to funders, strategists and also to destitution support organisations. It shows that organisations that provide accommodation and destitution support are well placed to increase access to, and thereby the effectiveness of, asylum legal advice.
A Housing Justice report
Collated and written by Lorraine Lois and Dave Smith, The Boaz Trust.
A Report on the Extent and Nature of Accommodation provided by NACCOM Member Organisations.
Passport Please – The impact of the Right to Rent checks on migrants and ethnic minorities in England – JCWI
Welcoming the Stranger
Churches Together in the Merseyside Region have published this resource for churches and other community groups looking to support asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants.
Coping with Destitution: Survival and livelihood strategies of refused asylum seekers living in the UK
Oxfam, February 2011
Coping with Destitution uncovers how the tens of thousands of refused asylum seekers currently living in the UK, with no access to legitimate means of securing a livelihood, survive on a day-to-day and longer-term basis. The strategies adopted by destitute asylum seekers have been analysed to ensure a systematic understanding of the different types of resources to which asylum seekers do – and do not – have access, and the impact this has on their lives. This approach also helped to identify changes to government policy that could help prevent destitution among refused asylum seekers. Fundamentally, the need to remain hidden and to avoid any risk of being deported affects every decision made by destitute asylum seekers, and in turn the coping strategies which they adopt. The survival strategies they adopt are a consequence of asylum policy in the UK.
Tens of thousands of people would rather live in poverty and in constant fear of deportation – reliant on friends, transactional relationships, commercial sex work or low-paid illegal work – rather than return to their country of origin. This suggests a failure of government policy.
Red Cross, June 2010
‘Not gone, but forgotten’ explores the Red Cross’ work supporting thousands of destitute asylum seekers and refugees throughout the UK, and the daily challenges they face just to survive.
In particular, it explores the experiences of refused asylum seekers who have reached the end of the appeal process and suggests some policy solutions to help improve their humanitarian situation. The report’s findings show that, under current policy, thousands of refused asylum seekers are denied employment, made homeless, refused healthcare and rely on handouts to survive.