Refugee Action

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Refugee Action

Refugee Action is an independent national charity founded in 1981 that provides advice and support to refugees and asylum seekers who wish to live in the UK. Its chief executive is Dave Garratt.

Its work has included the reception and settlement of refugees from Vietnam, Bosnia and Kosovo, as well as evacuees from Montserrat after the Soufrière Hills volcano eruption in 1995.[1]

It works in association with the Refugee Council and Amnesty International, and was among the groups that campaigned against section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, later overturned in the courts, which denied financial and housing support to asylum seekers who failed to claim asylum within three days of arrival.[2]

The Refugee Action is also a member organisation of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the Asylum Support Partnership along with the Refugee Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Welsh Refugee Council, North of England Refugee Service and Northern Refugee Centre.

Its Work[edit]

Across England, Refugee Action works to:

Provide high quality reception, Advice and Information to refugees and asylum seekers, Promote the development of refugee communities, Improve access to employment and mainstream services, Enhance opportunities for refugees and asylum-seekers, Raise awareness, influence policy, Campaign for refugee rights, Advise and assist asylum seekers and irregular migrants who are considering voluntary return.

They also work strongly with the police.

Where they operate[edit]

As of 2013, they operate in several cities in Britain, All listed below.


  1. ^ History, Refugee Action site
  2. ^ Stories of hope and courage, Ella Marshall, The Guardian, January 30, 2008

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