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Supporting refugees in the UK

Supporting refugees in the UK

Refugees and asylum seekers can face a number of challenges as they make their lives in the UK, but there are lots of ways that you can offer support.

Find out more about how you can make a difference to refugees living in the UK.
Mohammad and family
Mohammad, left, pictured with his sister Aisha, younger brother Oweis, and father Mohammed at their new home in Edinburgh, Scotland

Help with accomodation and integration

We've been moved by the large number of people generously offering to share their homes with refugees. We can't assist with these kind of requests, but there are other organisations which may be able to help.

In response to a public groundswell of support for refugees, the Home Office has launched the “Help Refugees in the UK” webpage to help ensure that support is focused on the goods and services that refugees need most. The Home Office has more information about how you can help refugees here.  

If you are interested in providing housing to asylum seekers whose claims have been refused, or to someone who has recently been granted refugee status, you can get in touch with Room for RefugeesNACCOM or Refugees at Home.

Those based in London who have a spare room they would like to rent to a refugee may be interested in the Refugee Council's Rent Guarantee Scheme. Alternatively, if you represent a community organisation or charity, you can now support resettled refugees through community sponsorship.


UNHCR does not take on volunteers in our UK office, but there are many refugee organisations across the country which depend on the support of volunteers, including:
British Red Cross 
Refugee Action 
Refugee Council
Scottish Refugee Council
Welsh Refugee Council 

Get informed. Share the facts.

People often have misconceptions about refugees and asylum seekers and sometimes fail to recognise their huge contribution to the UK. You can help change this by staying informed and sharing the facts. Find out more about asylum in the UK, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and read our latest report to keep up-to-date.

For more information on helping refugees in the UK, visit the Home Office website