Groups providing information, advice and support

To respond most sensitively and effectively it is important to be well informed and well equipped. It is also important to be aware of the limitations of what help you are able to give people in certain situations. In addition to the material on the information pages of this site, here you will find and contact details for groups and organisations which support specific groups of ethnic minority people. There are also links to other sites where you can go to find further information. These links will be useful if you wish to signpost someone to a group which is better equipped to deal with a specific need, or has the expertise needed to provide correct and helpful advice.

Bryson Intercultural/Migrant Help – Advice and support for people needing to claim asylum. Contact: Bryson House, 28 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7FE. Tel: (028) 9031 5744

Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (NICRAS) – This refugee-led group advises and supports refugees and people who are seeking asylum.
Tel: 028 9024 6699  Email:  nicras@hotmail.co.uk. For more information visit the NICRAS website

The NI Strategic Migration Partnership provides information for service providers, migrants and employers, and contact details for support organisations.

The Stronger Together Network provides information about training and advice events at local level.

Belfast City Council has produced a guide for those applying for, or who have recently gained, refugee status in Northern Ireland: Belfast City Council Refugee Transition Guide. 

(Some other councils also provide information. For a list of their contact details see NI Direct)

For other organisations supporting people seeking asylum please see the Refugees in Northern Ireland leaflet.

NI Direct provides information and guidance for migrant workers: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/migrant-workers

Law Centre NI