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.
Housing and Migration Network destitution pack – launched 29 October
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.
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.
Launch of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation
On April 19 2012 we launched under the new name of Metropolitan Migration Foundation: working with communities and across sectors to make migration work. This short film tells you about our work.
The launch emphasises our heritage and position within Metropolitan. We provide the focus for Metropolitan’s work with diverse communities; helping migrants settle and make their contribution, and helping communities to embrace the richness offered by different cultures and find opportunities to improve their lives. It is also the ideal opportunity to highlight one of our key areas of interest: housing. Through our joint funding of the Housing and Migration Network and our involvement with the Changing Minds funder network, we can make an impact on the poor housing situation that many migrants find themselves in, and engage with social housing tenants and the wider public on their attitudes towards migration, housing and neighbourhoods.
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: