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22 Feb 2024

Statement from Southwest Immigration Alliance

The Southwest Immigration alliance is a project funded by the Justice Together Initiative (JTI) to make immigration advice more accessible in the Southwest of England region.

The Southwest struggles with a shortage of legal advice, particularly immigration advice. A report done by Bristol Refugee Rights and Bristol Law Centre, funded by the Justice Together Initiative (JTI), demonstrated the lack of adequate legal specialist immigration advice in the region due to limited capacity faced by high demand.

This project aims to establish a more coordinated, collaborative, and sustainable legal advice ecosystem that ensures that people who use the immigration system can access justice fairly and equally so that they can pursue their lives independently. This project is set to contribute to filling the gap in Southwest's legal access and strengthen the collaboration among legal providers in the region through 2 distinct delivery areas by sub-region:

In the “South” sub-region covering Devon & Cornwall: building capacity to develop sustainable ecosystem –relationships and other development work.

In the 'North' sub-region covering Bristol, Gloucester, and Swindon: Improving referral pathways, added complex casework capacity (at BLC)

Partner Organisations Taking part in the Project:
Bristol Law Centre, Bristol Refugee Rights, Gloucestershire Action for refugees and asylum seekers, The Harbour Project, Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support, Refugee Support Devon, Plymouth Hope and The University of Plymouth Law Clinic.

For any inquiries on the project, please reach out to:
Kiven Emmanuel: casework@refugeesupportdevon.org.uk
Or to talk to the regional project coordinator:
Baher Al Abd - Project Coordinator for The Southwest Immigration Alliance: bahera@bristollawcentre.org.uk

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