The Government’s latest quarterly immigration statistics show there are over 91,000 people currently seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, a 33% increase from the previous year. With the number of people seeking asylum in the UK being the highest it’s been in the past 20 years, according to a 2023 report from the Refugee Council, it is now more important than ever that vulnerable individuals receive the proper support, legal advice, and care needed in order to rebuild their lives. To achieve this, working in collaboration with local communities and organisations is vital to ensure robust support and accessible services. Through sharing best practice, those working to resettle and integrate refugees and asylum seekers can build upon their existing success and develop new strategies to support those in need.

  •  In the year ending in March 2023, 1,002 people granted protection through resettlement schemes, 659 fewer than the previous year, according to a 2023 report from the Refugee Council
  • As of 2022, refugees and asylum seekers made up approximately 18% of all immigrants in the UK, according to a 2023 report from the House of Commons
  • 74% of the UK public has sympathy towards refugees and asylum seekers, a 2023 report from British Red Cross shows

Join us at the Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers Conference 2024 to hear the latest updates and guidance from leading experts and those working at the forefront of refugee and asylum seeker integration and resettlement. Engage with a series of best practice case studies showcasing strategies for providing wrap-around healthcare, successful partnership working, and engaging with local communities. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues across sectors to discuss challenges you face in developing and implementing accessible services for refugees and asylum seekers in local communities.

Why Attend:
 Hear high-level keynotes on the latest guidance and strategies for resettling and supporting asylum seekers across the UK
 Gain practical insights into securing safe and affordable accommodations, providing trauma-informed care, and implementing school-based approaches for integration and inclusion
 Engage with senior colleagues from across the sector to discuss strategies for ensuring accessible local services for refugees and asylum seekers
 Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

  • Online Registration 

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, University of Glasgow, Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, UNESCO (invited)

  • Keynote: National Update on Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK

    • Key policy updates and insights into the nation support programmes available for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
    • Strategies for increasing the safety and efficiency of existing systems to better protect and support those in need of asylum
    • Guidance for councils participating in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme: ensuring appropriate accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers
    • The Refugee Employability Programme: advice on assisting refugees to find work and settle into their local communities

    Jason Buultjens, Deputy Director – Asylum Policy, Home Office (invited)

  • Keynote: Working Towards a Fairer, More Compassionate and Effective UK Asylum System

    Olivia Field, Head of Policy, British Red Cross (CONFIRMED)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Comfort Break 

  • Case Study: Centring Lived Experience in Shaping Programmes, Influencing, and Steering Decision Making

    Mohamed Omar, Head of Experts by Experience and Partnerships, Refugee Action (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Creating Robust Multi-Agency Strategies for Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers

    • Working in partnership to coordinate the arrival and support for those entering through different refugee and asylum resettlement routes
    • Creating a strategic partnership to provide governance and oversight to the delivery of all resettlement programmes
    • The ReWelcome App: digitally signposting formal and informal services to increase accessibility
    • Key guidance for facilitating the effective sharing of data and information between councils

    Rebecca Joy Novell,  Refugee Integration Team Senior Manager, Lancashire County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Tackling Migrant Homelessness and Ensuring Safe and Affordable Housing

    • Addressing housing pressures faced by asylum seekers and refugees through new and permanent affordable housing supplies
    • Strategies for providing wrap-around support alongside emergency accommodation for those with unclear entitlements to national resources
    • Developing routes to secure long-term accommodations after moving on from Home Office accommodations
    • Practical advice on supporting the welfare of asylum seekers staying in temporary accommodation and contingency hotels

    Siobhan Gosrani, Senior Projects Officer (Refugee Resettlement Lead), Greater London Authority (invited)

  • Questions and Answers Session

  • Lunch Break 

  • Case Study: It Takes a Village: Supporting the Integration of Refugees into Local Communities

    • Identifying and tackling barriers to community integration to creative a welcoming and supportive environment
    • Bridging the gap between refugees and employers: practical advice on how businesses can draw from and support refugee talent
    • Delivering regional integration events and workshops to create opportunities for meaningful connections and combat isolation
    • Encouraging refugee participation in local services and organisations to foster community cohesion and provide new perspectives

    Dinah Beckett, Regional Asylum and Refugee Integration Manager, Migration Yorkshire (invited)

  • Case Study: Promoting Inclusion in Schools to Support Children and Families with Refugee Status

    • Working with local organisations and families to welcome both students and parents into the wider community
    • Incorporating migration and asylum focused learning activities into the curriculum to promote diversity and inclusion
    • Delivering training for staff and management to raise awareness and encourage continued learning on refugee, asylum and migration issues
    • Offering additional language support both in class and on a 1-to-1 basis to ensure effective communication inside and outside of the classroom

    Anne Flude, Class teacher and PSHE lead, Bourne Primary School (invited)

  • Key Supporter Session

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Breakout Networking: Ensuring Accessible Local Services for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in working in partnership to support refugees and asylum seekers in your local communities. We encourage you to share your strategies for ensuring services are accessible as well as effective. Take this time to share your experiences and network with senior colleagues.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Meeting the Physical and Mental Health Needs of Refugees Through Person-Centred Care

    • Strategies for increasing outreach and improving refugee and asylum seeker’s access to healthcare
    • Examples of trauma-informed and culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions for refugees and refugee families
    • Training all staff members to engage sensitively and empathetically with patients who are refugees
    • Practical advice for creating a safe environment where patients feel like they are listened to and empowered

    Dr Yasir Hameed, Lead Psychiatrist for the Asylum Seekers and Refugees Clinic, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation (CONFIRMED)

    Dr Hannah Fox, General Practitioner, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Elevating the Voices of Refugee Women to Promote Meaningful Change

    • Developing opportunities that enable women who have sought asylum to connect, build their skills and achieve independence
    • Working with local partners to provide legal advice and casework support for vulnerable women in detention
    • Strategies for providing wrap around support for pregnant women and mothers seeking asylum
    • Creating women only empowerment programmes and activities to help build confidence and combat isolation
    • Practical tips on facilitating safe spaces where LGBTQ+ women and non-binary individuals can share their experiences and build support networks

    Alphonsine Kabagabo, Director, Women for Refugee Women (invited)

  • Questions & Answers Session

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be people who work with refugees and asylum seekers.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

✓ Network with key decision makers from across the NHS
✓ Meet your target audience in the sector
✓ Listen and Learn from leading industry experts from across the sector
✓ Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
✓ Speak alongside industry leading experts
✓ Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss the available option please call 0203 961 5002 or email Sponsorship@GovernmentEvents.co.uk 

  • Public Sector Rate incl. GE Insights: £449.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £379.00+VAT
  • Private Sector Rate incl. GE Insights:: £649.00+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ new uploads each month