Information for Local Councils and Organisations

Asylum Dispersal Grants

Asylum Dispersal Grants support local councils with asylum full dispersal. The payment is to address concerns raised by local councils about the pressure on local services associated with supporting asylum seekers. Funding instructions can be found on the government website:

Asylum statistics

North East Dispersal Accommodation

As at the end of December 2023, the North East housed a total of 6,150 asylum seekers who were in receipt of support in Dispersal Accommodation.

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North East Contingency Accommodation

At the end of December 2023, the North East housed a total of 571 asylum seekers who were in receipt of support in Contingency Accommodation.

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National Dispersal Accommodation

At the end of December 2023, the UK housed a total of 56,489 asylum seekers who were in receipt of support in Dispersal Accommodation.

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National Contingency Accommodation

At the end of December 2023, the UK housed a total of 47,778 asylum seekers who were in receipt of support in Contingency Accommodation.

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Small Boat Arrivals

Please see the two tables below on small boat arrivals across the UK. The first table demonstrates yearly totals from 2020 to 2023. Arrivals peaked in 2022 with 45,725 compared to 8,466 in 2020. Arrivals have slowed down in 2023 with a total of 29,438 arriving via small boat. The second table demonstrates monthly comparisons over the years 2020 to 2024 (to date). The figures demonstrate peak arrivals in August, September and October of 2022.

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Health resources

How-to: Provide high-quality primary care for people seeking asylum, migrants and refugees

This how-to guide intends to support practices and the primary care workforce in caring for refugees and displaced persons. Evidence-based recommendations outline how to provide culturally competent care, improve access, undertake initial health assessments and additional considerations of importance. Please click here to access the guide.

Toolkit: Nutrition in Initial Contingency Accommodation housing migrants

The North East Yorkshire and Humber Migrant Health Network developed a toolkit for stakeholders working to support asylum seekers accommodated in initial contingency sites. It has been developed by a task and finish group which had representation from Bevan Healthcare, Mears, OHID, Migration Yorkshire and the North East Migration Partnership to facilitate improvements in meeting the nutritional needs of asylum seekers living in initial contingency sites across our region. The document has an accompanying tool which can be used to recognise current examples of good practice and identify areas that require improvement. It can be used flexibly according to need which we recommend local partnerships review and discuss. Please click here to access the toolkit and accompanying tool.