Support for refugees
Haringey has a strong and proud history of welcoming asylum seekers, refugees and people who have chosen to re-settle in London. There are generations of people from around the world who have moved here and made Haringey one of the UK’s most open and diverse boroughs.
For the Syrian refugees who come to the UK, the level of support they will need to live dignified and independent lives is substantial. The unimaginable horrors that many will have experienced will have left them with serious mental and physical health concerns as a result of psychological distress, trauma and violent abuse. Treatment, for those who need it, will need to include ongoing specialist counselling and support from health services to ensure those individuals make as full a recovery as possible and are able to start rebuilding their lives.
Haringey continues to support individuals and families from around the world who have no recourse to public funds as they are subject to immigration control. Whilst their immigration status is reviewed by the Home Office, we provide them with a roof over their heads, support for their children and other help as they need it. Across London, it is estimated that the annual unfunded cost is £50million of support to around 2,500 households in 2014-15. The number of households being supported has increased by about 40% in the last two years.
In November 2016, Haringey’s Cabinet agreed that we would work with central Government and local faith, community and voluntary sector groups to re-settle 10 Syrian refugee households in the borough.
We have been working closely with Haringey’s faith, voluntary and community groups including: Haringey CAB; Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); Bridge Renewal Trust; Muswell Hill Synagogue; Citizens UK; Muswell Methodist Church; St Ann’s Church; Wightman Road Mosque; Embrace UK; and Refugees Welcome Haringey to ensure that Haringey is ready to offer appropriate support when called upon.
We are also looking for landlords willing to rent out their property to a Syrian refugee at Local Housing Allowance rates. If you would like to consider doing so please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 8489 4527.
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