Welcome to the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants’ Autumn 2017 newsletter!
We’re at the start of a new year here at the Centre, and we’re all very excited to begin working to help those who visit the Centre to integrate into our community, overcoming the many severe and complicated problems they face.
In this newsletter, we want to talk about the role of respect in our community, and how it informs our work.
The majority of our clients live in severe poverty; of our asylum-seeking clients 90% are unable to access any financial support at all, and barred from working. They are homeless, reliant on kindness in order to find a place to sleep for the night. Even for those who are able to access some financial support, the amount they receive is often extremely low – around £36 per week. Having left their families, friends, and countries of origin due to persecution and war, they are extremely isolated. Not speaking English, they are unable to help themselves, losing their independence and finding themselves increasingly isolated. Unsurprisingly, this leads to deterioration in emotional and psychological wellbeing, sometimes the start of a vicious circle for this group as they struggle to find the right kind of support.