Asylum, migration and refugees
Over one third of Londoners were born abroad and migrants to the Capital play an integral part in our communities and in the economic life of the city. London also has a proud history of providing refuge to those seeking sanctuary; hundreds of community organisations and specialist services with a wealth of expertise in supporting refugees; a strong economy with unrivalled employment opportunities; individuals, communities and businesses who want to help; and the political leadership to help bring these opportunities together.
As a result of the refugee crisis, people are arriving – or will arrive – in the UK under different schemes:
London boroughs have a long and proud history of helping refugees and asylum seekers. Boroughs stand ready to help further as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.
London boroughs are making a huge contribution in taking care of unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
London local government is providing a hidden welfare state and is not currently funded for this growing pressure, which is only likely to increase when the Immigration Act comes into full force in 2017.