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How you can help refugees and migrants

Islington Council is proud to be a welcoming borough for all people. We are grateful for the support provided by so many residents to our commitment to make Islington a fairer borough; where everyone can reach their full potential.

Below are a couple of options which detail how you may be able to help refugees and other vulnerable groups in Islington.

Homes for Syrian refugees

The UK government has committed to resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. These refugees will come from camps in countries bordering Syria. They will need a home in the UK. You may be able to help if you own a property and would be prepared to offer it as a home for a Syrian refugee family for rent at the level of the ‘Local Housing Allowance’. Although we are not currently taking on any new properties while we make some changes to this scheme, we hope to be able to accept available properties very soon.

Foster a child refugee or child seeking asylum

Children and young people arrive in London after difficult journeys from Syria and other war zones. These children arrive in the UK scared, alone and with an uncertain future. They are all in need of a caring home where they can feel safe and encouraged in their education. Islington needs more foster carers to help these children.

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please contact us soon as the assessment process to become a foster carer with Islington may take several months. Islington foster carers are paid allowances and fees and we offer a 24 hour advice service.

If you have a spare room to offer, please ring 0800 073 0428 or email

View our fostering page or find us on Facebook.


There are a number of organisations that support refugees in London and that need volunteers. You can find out more information on the British Red Cross site, the Refugee council site and the Refugee Action site.

There are charities listed in the related information below which you may be interested in.

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