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UK Housing Policy and Practice

Refugees

Introduction

In 2006, BSHF held a Consultation at St George's House, Windsor Castle to address issues of how to better provide homes for refugees and strengthen communities. An essential element of a sustainable community is that it should be fair, tolerant and cohesive. It is increasingly recognised that welcoming and integrating those who have been granted refugee status is an important factor in achieving this. Experience has shown that housing provision has a vital role to play in improving the quality of life of refugees and helping them in integrate into mainstream society.

The Consultation identified practical ways in which housing providers and public agencies can work together with refugees, local communities, NGOs and the private sector to deliver housing and support to refugee communities that not only improves lives, but also releases potential and helps create cohesive communities.