The Commission on the Integration of Refugees
CALL FOR EVIDENCE
The independent Commission on the Integration of Refugees invites you to submit evidence on how the current refugee and asylum system affects refugees’ integration into wider UK society.
Your evidence will be used to support the Commission’s report and recommendations for changes to the way the UK processes and supports refugees and asylum seekers. The Commission hopes that these recommendations will be adopted by policy makers and will result in tangible changes to the current system.
Click here for the Commission’s Terms of Reference
We welcome submissions from everyone, including integration service providers, refugee and asylum seeker experts and the general public. We especially welcome submissions from people with lived experience of being refugees or asylum seekers themselves.
You can respond to as many or as few of the questions as you like. Please respond to the questions in your own words.
You can provide a longer response (of up to 1,000 words) or hyperlinks to relevant reports, research, or other published materials (along with appropriate page numbers) in the box at the end of the survey.
You can submit evidence up until 31 March 2023 in the following ways:
By completing this form and returning it by email or by post.
Submitting oral evidence to this email address: [email protected]
or by uploading the file to our form above (Please ensure recordings are no more than 5 minutes long).
Refugee refers to any person who has left their country as a result of persecution, war or other natural or economic disaster and has found sanctuary in the UK. This includes all of those legally recognised as refugees by UK and international law. It also includes several groups that cannot be legally classified as refugees, including: asylum seekers granted humanitarian protection or some other dispensation to remain in the UK; Afghan nationals resettled in the UK via the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) or the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS); Ukrainian residents relocated to the UK via the Homes for Ukraine Scheme or the Ukraine Family Scheme; and British National Overseas resident in Hong Kong granted visas to enter the UK following the imposition of the 2020 Chinese National Security Law.
Asylum seeker refers to any person who has arrived in the UK and is in the process of applying for refugee status or some other form of humanitarian protection via the UK asylum system. They might be awaiting an initial decision on their application or lodging an appeal against an unsuccessful application.
The Commission’s objective is to enhance the integration of refugees into UK society. Integration can mean different things to different people, and we encourage those submitting evidence to tell us what integration means to them. According to the latest research ‘Integrated communities are where people, whatever their background, live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities, and opportunities’. It is multi-dimensional and multi-directional, which means it depends on each member of society – both the host communities and refugees – taking responsibility. It is also context specific, which means integration will look different depending on location and the parties involved.
Need support or advice?
Some of the issues raised in this work may be sensitive or upsetting. The following organisations may be able to offer support or useful information:
Offers free legal aid advice and representation to asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.
Call: 020 7354 9631
Email: [email protected]
British Red Cross
Supports refugees and asylum seekers and provides emergency assistance to those who are destitute.
Call: 080 8196 3651
London Destitution Service – Refugee Council
Supports asylum seekers or rejected asylum seekers who are destitute, and supports vulnerable and homeless asylum seekers.
Call: 020 7346 6700
Email: [email protected]
Operates a free 24/7 helpline providing independent advice and support to asylum seekers in the UK in your own language.
Call: 080 8801 0503
For everyone, 24 hours a day, every day.
Call: 116 123
Background and purpose
This call for evidence is part of the work of the Commission on the Integration of Refugees, an independent commission that aims to improve the refugee and asylum system for a society where everyone, including refugees, feels welcome and integrated. The Commission is composed of 24 Commissioners from the public sector, civil society, academia and politics. They started collecting evidence in September 2022, with a view to reporting before the end of 2023.
You can download are full call for evidence here.
If you have any questions about the call for evidence, please get in touch with the Commission at [email protected]