SHARING THE WORLD* : Disability and Displacement 2017 – 2019

*this project is financed by the European Union




Number of refugees present in the country :  Net immigration was 318,000 for the year 2014, a 52 percent increase from 2013.

Since the EU referendum in late June 2016, the estimated number of EU nationals immigrating to the UK fell from 284,000 the year before the vote to 223,000 in the year after. This figure has picked up slightly for the year 2017 as a whole though—240,000.

Around 3.8 million people living in the UK in 2017 were citizens of another EU country. That’s about 6% of the UK population, although these figures exclude people who live in communal establishments. Similarly, 6% of the UK population were born in another EU country.

Around 2.3 million nationals of other EU countries are in work, as of January to March 2018. That’s about 7% of people in work—it has stayed at roughly the  same, historically high, level since mid-2016.

EU nationals of working age are more likely to be in work than UK nationals and non-EU citizens. About 82% of working age EU citizens in the UK are in work, compared to around 76% of UK nationals and 63% of people from outside the EU.

Nationalities/ethnic groups present in the country (in percentage) :The UK population is made up of different ethnicities. 87% of people are White, and 13% belong to a Black, Asian, Mixed or Other ethnic group.

Languages spoken in the country : official language: British English; nationalities/ethnic groups spoken languages.

Length to get the refugee status :Your application will usually be decided within 6 months. It may take longer if it’s complicated, for example:

  • your supporting documents need to be verified
  • you need to attend more interviews
  • your personal circumstances need to be checked, for example because you have a criminal conviction or you’re currently being prosecuted

Ask your legal adviser if you want an update on your application.

You’ll be given or refused permission to stay in one of the following ways.

Attitude towards existing foreign communities/minorities in the country :  77 % of the UK population wants immigration to be reduced in general, and 56 percent of those people want immigration to be “reduced a lot.”

Access to healthcare : easy / average / complicated / very complicated


In what domain we can easily find a job :  If you’re ready to look for work, you can search online.

If you’re in London, the Refugee Council’s employment advice and support service have a course that will help you if you’re not quite sure where to start.

What diplomas are the most required : If you have qualifications from your home country – you’ll need to find their UK equivalent to find a similar job here.

How difficult is the language of the country :

« In fact, how hard it is to learn depends on what your native language is; and this follows as languages are more (or less) closely related to one another; if your mother tongue is more similar, in terms of sounds, vocabulary and grammatical patterns to another–for instance you’re a speaker of Dutch or German–then English will be easier to learn. But if you speak a language that comes from a more distantly related tongue–say Japanese–then English is more likely to prove a tougher nut to crack. » said Vyvyan Evans, Ph.D., an expert in language, communication, and mind.

Can we find a job if we speak English but not the native language : Yes


What is the general attitude towards refugees : 77 percent of the UK population wants immigration to be reduced in general, and 56 percent of those people want immigration to be “reduced a lot.”

Are the people in the country welcoming to strangers : Not so much

Are there any associations/organisations that can help (Red Cross or others) :

  1. Asylum Aidprovides free legal advice and representation to refugees and asylum seekers as well as advocating on their behalf.
  2. Asylum Helpprovides free independent advice and guidance to asylum seekers across the UK.
  3. British Red Crossoffers support for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad as one of their services.
  4. City of Sanctuaryis a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary.
  5. Detention Actionsupports people in UK detention centres and campaigns on their behalf.
  6. Freedom from Tortureis a medical foundation for the care of victims of torture.
  7. Helen Bamber Foundationcares for and gives advice to survivors of human rights violations.
  8. Jewish Council for Racial Equalityengages the Jewish community in social action, focusing on race equality and justice for refugees and asylum seekers.
  9. Refugee Actionsupports refugees throughout the world with basic provisions when they arrive in a country.
  10. Refugee Councilworks with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK through practical support and advice.
  11. Refugee Support Networkhelps young refugees and survivors of trafficking to build more hopeful futures through education.
  12. Rene Cassinis a charity working to promote and protect universal human rights, drawing on Jewish experience and values.
  13. Student Action for Refugeesis a national charity made up of students welcoming refugees to the UK.
  14. The Children’s Societywork with some of the most disadvantaged children across the UK including many who are refugees.
  15. United Nations High Commission for Refugeeshas a mandate to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
  16. World Jewish Reliefis the UK Jewish community’s international humanitarian agency.

What is the official attitude of the government about the migrants : welcoming/unwanted

 This document was prepared by :TatyanaVarakuta

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