Our clients’ stories

The Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants currently supports around 180 asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants each year. Our clients are among the most disadvantaged, isolated and vulnerable people in London. Having fled persecution, human rights abuses, they are at risk of destitution, detention, and removal to the situation they fled.  Learn more about how some of our clients came to the Centre, and what attending means to them:

Mary’s Story
Jo’s Story
Tomas’ Story

Even in the midst of deprivation, isolation, and emotional distress, our clients ensure that our Centre is a welcoming space, where everyone can support each to taking meaningful steps to rebuilding their shattered lives.


We share some of their successes here:

Jonathan’s Gift – Jonathan, a long-term client at the Centre recently put his architectural skills to use to give the Centre a beautiful gift

Max’s Photography – Max explains how learning new skills in photography has helped him to see London in a new way.

95% of our asylum seeker clients have no recourse to public funds, and are destitute and homeless, reliant solely on the community for support. Even those able to claim asylum support must get by on £36 per week. The psychological toll of waiting for a decision on an asylum claim can be overwhelming, and a negative decision, devastating. Lack of access to opportunities to learn English severely hamper integration and contribute to isolation and mental distress. 

“The centre is our family, our bridge and connection to the community”

We are very proud of every member of our diverse and supportive community. We are proud of their commitment to overcoming their problems, and their desire to become active members of wider society.