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Migration Foundation

The Metropolitan Migration Foundation has guardianship of a legacy, formerly known as the Ashmore fund, which helps migrants and the communities they live in, including people who are refugees and asylum seekers.

Metropolitan, The Young Foundation and Olmec partner up for social enterprise

A social enterprise partnership between Metropolitan, The Young Foundation and Olmec completed its work at the end of 2013. Housing Associations are social enterprises seeking to create social value. By linking with our diverse communities and tapping into their energy and know how at the local level, we can work together and create vibrant economies. These two publications record the story of the project and present some of the social entrepreneurs we have supported.

Roots and Shoots (migrant-led social entrepreneurship report)

Metropolitan Social Entrepreneurs Business Booklet


Housing and Migration Network destitution pack

The Housing and Migration Network has launched a destitution pack highlighting how housing associations and charities can work together to provide short-term housing, as well as the support needed, for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK. The destitution pack has been developed to help in particular, destitute asylum seekers who have no access to public funds but who have some prospect of regularising their status.   The pack is based on a Hope Housing model developed by Hope Projects in Birmingham.

Destitution Practice Pack October 2012

Destitution Pack appendix October 2012

New Report ‘Over Not Out – Refreshed’ July 2012

Metropolitan Migration Foundation has commissioned a unique study by MBARC on the rights and treatment of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) refugees and asylum seekers. Over Not Out – Refreshed  is an update of the original 2009 report.



Our vision

Our primary goal is to encourage creative and constructive responses to migration to the UK. Our vision is a society that celebrates the constructive contribution that migrants make to local and national development. We want to support initiatives that enable migrants to play an effective role in society; to find work, to build safe and stable homes, and to take an active role in improving conditions for themselves and the communities they live in.

Where we invest

We invest where it makes the greatest difference, drawing on our heritage as part of Metropolitan in working with multicultural communities. Our experience has helped us develop a much clearer understanding of the impact of migration. By offering funding and practical support we’re able to encourage migrant and host communities to integrate more successfully. One of our main areas of focus is housing associations and their role in addressing the issues that arise in the communities they serve. Our five priorities are:

  • housing
  • creating a migrant voice/ advocacy
  • English language skills
  • employment and skills
  • anti-trafficking

Find out more about our approach to funding and our priorities   Metropolitan Migration Foundation: making migration work.


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