"Make it fair, Make it legal" is the key message to the Migrants' Access to Housing conference next month developed by Arhag Housing, Innis Free & Praxis.
The event is Tuesday, June 20, between 9.30am-5pm at Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard. London, EC2A 3EA.
Housing migrants against a backdrop of increased hostility, and a political discourse dominated by Brexit and immigration, is the subject of a major conference next month.
Migration is still a hot topic, but it is not much discussed in housing. This new conference will provide information on how we can work to support migrants.
· How many of your tenants are migrants? Do they need specific help?
· Are there services you could run or support for the most vulnerable migrants?
· What rights do migrants have as we approach Brexit?
· Why do migrants end up in worse housing?
Experts, including David Orr and Terrie Alafat, chief executives of the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing, will look at how housing providers navigate the current climate, examining the issues and challenges of migration and housing.
Topics covered include how to be fair when there is such hostility to migrants, keeping up with the law in a time of rapid change and developing new services for potential customers.
Organised by BME Housing Associations Arhag and Innisfree and migrant support charity Praxis, the conference will focus on increasing understanding of migrants as tenants, ensuring fair access to housing, and preventing homelessness and destitution among migrants.
The conference aims to create a network of housing association staff around these issues as well as to upgrade the knowledge of all those attending.
Speakers will include:
Terrie Alafat – Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing
David Orr – Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation
Barbara Roche – Former Home Office immigration minister, former chair, Metropolitan Housing Trust
Sally Daghlian – Chief Executive Praxis Community Projects
Dr Nigel de Noronha – University of Warwick
Sue Lukes – housing and migration specialist, Director of Migration Work
The conference takes place on Tuesday, June 20, between 9.30am-5pm at Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard. London, EC2A 3EA.