Welcome to Migrant Help’s new website. We are very excited to be launching the new site together with our social media platforms. All this will help our charity communicate more easily and openly with our clients and partners.

One of the first things I did after I joined Migrant Help in June last year was to travel around the country and visit all our teams. It became clear to me very quickly just how engaged and committed our people are. I take great confidence and pride in our workforce and their dedication to empowering our clients, whether they are asylum seekers, refugees or survivors of slavery. I have also been touched by the determination of our clients to get through all current challenges on their way to a new and better future.

Migration has been and will continue to be a hot topic, always high on the political agenda and widely covered in the media. We are witnessing an unprecedented migration crisis with more than 65 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history. And our country is redefining its position within Europe as a consequence of the Brexit referendum.

There has been an increased polarisation of views towards migrants, with rising hostility from some parts of the population. This is something we have a duty to face and address as a charity, working with those many people who support successful and cohesive communities, rightfully seeing migrants as an integral part. In this atmosphere of divided views, we have also seen a huge increase in offers of help and expressions of sympathy towards our clients, so there is room for optimism.

2018 will be an important year for Migrant Help. We will continue to deliver high quality services to our clients but also look at opportunities to further develop and expand our areas of work. We will be involved in strategic discussions, influencing policies that affect our clients.

We will be the best we can be for those who need us the most.

Andrew Billany