London is an international city that attracts people from all over the world. Our capital, and our country, has a long history of migration, contributing to our rich and diverse history, and our wealth. Many new Londoners do not need any support but some are disadvantaged and living in poverty. Migrants without legal status are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. We want all Londoners, new and established, to be able to participate fully in London life.
What we'll fund
Specialist immigration legal advice
We will fund legal advice in areas of law that fall outside of legal aid. Organisations will be expected to be registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commission (OISC) or Solicitors Regulatory Authority and be providing advice at OISC Level 3 or equivalent. We're also keen to fund partnerships between frontline organisations (supporting refugees and migrants with insecure status) and specialist legal advice providers.
Including campaigning, organising, policy work and research on issues such as:
- Promoting an immigration system that treats people with dignity and respect; that is fair to both migrants and established residents; and has public confidence and consent.
- Improving understanding of public attitudes on migration including the accuracy and depth of conversations about migration, integration and identity.
- Creating more effective pathways to settlement, including citizenship.
- Challenging exploitation and discrimination of migrants due to their insecure immigration status.