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Asylum support at Middlesbrough Council

Middlesbrough Council's Strategic Cohesion and Migration Manager can help direct and signpost you to any support you may need during your asylum process. This includes support during the 'move on' process once you're granted refugee status, and directing you to advice if you're refused asylum. You can contact the Strategic Cohesion and Migration Manager by emailing jolande_mace@middlesbrough.gov.uk or by calling 07970964212.

Read some of the feedback the team has had from people they work with.

What is Middlesbrough Council, and what does the local government do?

When somebody claims asylum in the United Kingdom, the decision on whether or not to accept that is made by the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), which are part of the national government.

The Home Office decides where asylum seekers get to live while they wait for a decision on their asylum claim. They are also responsible for making sure asylum seekers' support needs are met.

Asylum seekers are placed in different areas of the United Kingdom. Each of these areas has a different housing provider that is responsible for housing refugees. Since September 2019, the provider in Middlesbrough is Mears.

Middlesbrough Council is a local authority. We are not responsible for deciding where asylum seekers live, what support they get, or the decisions that are made on asylum claims. But we take our responsibility for the wellbeing of all people in Middlesbrough very seriously. We always try to understand local circumstances, and we are there to help those who have received, or are waiting for, a decision.

 

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