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Migrant rights charity faces “serious financial crisis” and possible closure

Migrant rights charity faces “serious financial crisis” and possible closure

A leading migrants’ rights charity says that it will close “in the next few months” unless an emergency fundraising appeal succeeds.

Consonant, the newish name for what was Asylum Aid and the Migrants Resource Centre, says that it is facing a “serious financial crisis”.

In an email to supporters, the charity says that “we are potentially facing complete closure in the next few months unless we raise some funds immediately”.

A public appeal for donations called #neighbourshelp seeks to raise £100,000 by the end of April.

The charity provides free legal advice on asylum and immigration cases, as well as integration services, financial advice and careers guidance. “Without your support”, the appeal says, “we will have to close our doors”.

Asylum Aid and Migrants Resource Centre merged in 2016 and rebranded to Consonant in April 2019. The source of its financial crisis is not specified.

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