The Refugee & Migrant Forum Manchester aims to enable refugees and asylum seekers to express the needs and aspirations of their communities and to play a part in influencing policy in the city of Manchester and across the UK.
The Forum runs working groups linked to the themes of the Refugee Charter for Manchester, which meet on a regular basis to push campaigns forward. Working groups give refugees and asylum seekers the skills and opportunity to influence service provision and decision making at both a local and national level.These are organised through the Refugee Network events and current activity includes supporting campaigns against destitution in partnership with the Regional Asylum Activism Project, running activities to progress employment opportunities for refugees as a member of the Manchester Refugee Employment Partnership, and trying to improve health services (in particular mental health provision) for refugees and those seeking asylum.
In January 2006 the Forum launched the Refugee Charter for Manchester. The Charter is a unique statement of rights and entitlements written by refugees and asylum seekers, from 12 different community organisations, The Charter has been endorsed by over 100 individuals and organisations including Manchester City Council. The Forum now works to promote the principles within the Charter by
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The Asylum Rights Group has worked to improve asylum seekers` experience of local service provision in Greater Manchester. So far, much of this work has been focused on reporting and detention processes, involving extensive research into the issues by forum members and lobby meetings with UKBA.
As a result of MRSN Forum negotiations with UKBA the following changes have been implemented:
If you would like more information about any of these activities or would like to get involved, please contact Belay Kahsay at firstname.lastname@example.org