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.
Local authorities support asylum seekers directly or indirectly in a range of ways, from carrying out property inspections to providing adult social care.
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.
There are currently over one million EU nationals living in London, who will all need to secure their rights to continue to live, work and study in the UK through the government’s EU Settlement Scheme as the UK leaves the EU.
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.