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ABOUT ASIRT

What we do

We are a not-for-profit OISC-registered advocacy organisation working to support asylum-seekers, refugees and other people in the West Midlands who are or have been subject to immigration control.

We work to provide prompt, independent advocacy support throughout the West Midlands, providing advice on immigration, and asylum and following this up through casework, the submission of representations to the Home Office, welfare support and Tribunal representation.

We work in partnership with other statutory and voluntary agencies to provide services for asylum-seekers and refugees. We also advocate for changes within these agencies to meet the needs of asylum-seeking and refugee communities.

We recruit and train local volunteers for employment and self-sufficiency, taking short- and long-term student placements.

We run educational awareness-raising talks for schools, colleges, workplaces, community groups and trade unions, challenging media myths around asylum and immigration, and have developed packages of training around migrants' health and social welfare rights for delivery to regional partner organisations.

We work in partnership with other voluntary, community and statutory agencies, under the umbrella of the Destitution Support Steering Group, to assess, monitor and address the needs of asylum-seeking communities in Birmingham and the West Midlands.