Refugee Transition guide launched
On behalf of Belfast City Council, the Law Centre has produced Refugee Transition, a guide for people who have just received refugee status.
The guide will help them navigate through the complex process of finding a home, a job, benefits if needed, and generally integrating into society. It is to be used by refugees themselves but also by their advisers and by staff in statutory agencies.
This was a joint project, involving Belfast City Council, the Housing Executive, EXTERN, NICRAS and other organisations that work with refugees and asylum seekers.
It benefited greatly from the advice and insights of refugees who have gone through the process themselves, including Miliami Unamoyo (pictured below) who helped launch the guide at Belfast City Hall.
Belfast City Council and the Housing Executive are to be commended for this initiative which will help the agencies involved to provide a joined up service and prevent unnecessary poverty and homelessness.
The guide is online here (on Belfast City Council's website - scroll down the Good Relations Project page to Refugee Transition Guide)
The Housing Executive is preparing translations of a summarised version of the guide in Somali, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and French.
Photo courtesy of Belfast City Council