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Integration Strategy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Yorkshire and Humber 2009 – 2011. Dave Brown Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership. Vision. Refugees and asylum seekers find sanctuary in Yorkshire and Humber, become full members of society and
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Yorkshire and Humber Regional Migration Partnership
Refugees and asylum seekers
find sanctuary in Yorkshire and Humber,
become full members of society and
contribute to all aspects of life
in the region
Social, economic & cultural contribution
Refugees and asylum seekers have specific needs and suffer from multiple disadvantage, exclusion and inequalities
28,000 – 39,000 Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Y&H
(0.5% - 0.75% of the total population of Y&H)
Integration of refugees and asylum seekers
into the Yorkshire and Humber region and its local communities
The strategy uses the European Council on Refugees and Exiles definition of integration:
“A long-term two-way process of change, that relates both to the conditions for and the actual participation of refugees in all aspects of life of the country of durable asylum as well as to refugees’ own sense of belonging and membership of European societies.
The objective of integration programmes and policies should be the establishment of a mutual and responsible relationship between individual refugees, civil society and host states which promotes equality, self-determination and sustainable self-sufficiency for refugees and acceptance and positive action in favour of refugees by European governments and societies”
(Report of the Third European Conference on the Integration of Refugees, Brussels, 1999, ECRE)
What Does Integration Mean To You?
“Mixing with others”
“Inclusion, fitting in and adapting”
“It means being part of the community or society I am living in, in all respect doing things like a normal person and not being treated differently because of my status”
“It means when I say ‘we’, I mean those who live in the UK”
“To be active, work, pay tax, learn English and many other things”
“Fitting in to society or the community I live in”
“Integration means to me to feel a part of society”
“To belong in this country”
“Knowing the society I have come to live with. Its culture and day to day living, from comedy to business”
“Mixing, living together harmoniously”
Do you think that you are ‘integrated’?
Strategy Subject Areas
Work and Skills
Community and Society
Children and Young People
Strategy and supporting documents available on the YHRMP website: