Refugee and Asylum Forum
In January 2023, the Refugee and Asylum Forum Gathering took place in Belfast. Attendees joined facilitated discussions on themed topics, identified key challenges for refugees and asylum seekers, and proposed recommendations for change. This Priorities for Action report is a record of those discussions and recommendations for policymakers.
Positive change in social security policy
Law Centre NI welcomes a new, interim policy, which has been introduced in Northern Ireland for EU citizens with ‘pre-settled status’ who need to claim social security benefits.
Permission to work for asylum seekers
Are you an asylum seeker? Do you want to start work? A recent change in immigration law means that some asylum seekers will now be able to start work. Our short briefings are aimed at asylum seekers who wish to apply for Permission to Work and a National Insurance number.
Inquiry into cost-of-living support payments
Law Centre NI has witnessed first-hand the lifeline that cost-of-living payments have been to our clients. We were therefore pleased to respond recently to the Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into cost-of-living support payments for 2022-23 and 2023-24.
Cliff Edge Coalition relaunch event
The Cliff Edge Coalition held a relaunch event recently to announce its three renewed campaign asks. The Cliff Edge Working Group invited members from the wider Coalition and MLAs to connect and learn more about this next phase of the Coalition’s work.
Advice on PIP in Northern Ireland 2023
You can now download our updated guide on Personal Independence Payment for social security advisers in Northern Ireland.
Deep concern at Illegal Migration Bill
Law Centre NI is deeply concerned as the Illegal Migration Bill reaches the Report Stage of progress through Parliament.
Healthcare skills: asylum seekers and refugees
In March 2022 Law Centre NI and UNISON worked together to determine the healthcare skills of asylum seekers and refugees in Northern Ireland. This is a summary of the results.
Unlocking right to work for asylum seekers
Employment is a key driver of refugee integration. In addition to encouraging integration, supporting economic activity brings a range of benefits to asylum seekers and their families, as well as to wider society. This paper identifies a number of issues that require clarification.
Migrant Voting Guide 2023
Northern Ireland local council elections will be held on 18 May. The deadline to register to vote is 11:59 on 28 April. This guide explains the process of voter registration for migrants and some refugees in Northern Ireland.
Nationality and Borders Act 2022
Essential information for support organisations in Northern Ireland.
Automatic Unfair Dismissal Masterclass
Law Centre NI recently hosted an Employment Masterclass focused on providing expert guidance in the area of Automatic Unfair Dismissal. FREE Masterclass Guide attached.
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