The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has announced the launch of an advice line for undocumented migrants in London.
The free advice line is aimed at irregular migrants, which includes migrants who have overstayed their visas, those whose asylum applications have been refused and those cases where refugee status has been revoked. Funded by the Trust for London, the JCWII advice line will be available in London, which is home to roughly 400,000 irregular and undocumented migrants. This new service will give irregular and undocumented migrants an opportunity to access legal resources as well as free and confidential advice. In the event that the JCWI cannot adequately advise an individual, he/she will be directed to affiliate organisations that specialise in a range of services including healthcare and housing.
In addition, information gathered from calls to the advice line will be used to inform JCWI’s advocacy work, provide more accurate information on the nature of the problem in order to address the needs of irregular migrants. Information gathered from the advice line will also be used for policy development purposes, and to build awareness among policymakers about the need for an regularisation scheme. The line will launch on Monday 27 February 2012, and will take calls, on 020 7553 7470 between 10am and 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
JCWI blog: ‘JCWI Helpline for irregular migrants’
Download a flyer about the helpline here