Have a read of this interesting report published by Refugee Council on the vital role of refugee-led community organisations for integration.
Quote from Maurice Wren, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council:
“At a time when refugee integration is finally back on the Government’s agenda, it’s a deep concern that the voices of refugees – the experts by experience – are largely and noticeably absent from the debate especially when they have so much of value to offer.
“Refugee-led community organisations (RCOs) and their networks have a long and impressive track record of supporting the inclusion and participation of their members and are active in almost every locality across the UK where refugees have settled. Despite this RCOs are routinely overlooked, taken for granted and excluded from integration policy discussions, when they obviously need to be are part of the solution. This must change and we urge policy and decision makers to take heed of the recommendations based on this research.”