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UK Regional Immigration Advice Survey

UK Regional Immigration Advice Survey

Please help us to map the availability of free immigration legal advice across the UK. Following on from the London Immigration Advice Mapping project, we’re now trying to understand demand for and supply of advice region by region, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We’re keen to hear from as many organisations as possible from across the country, from OISC level 1-3 advisers as well as legal aid contract holders, about the number and type of cases they do (or don’t do) and the number of people who are turned away, for whatever reason. We also want to understand the referral routes, practice networks and triggers for people seeking advice. We’re also interested in the views of community groups which try to help people access free advice, but don’t give immigration advice themselves.

The survey is set up so that you don’t have to answer every question, so please feel free to scroll through and skip some if you haven’t got time for all of them. Any data or information you can give us is useful. If you prefer talking to a human instead of filling in a survey, there’s an option to just put in contact details and we can set up an interview. 

The research will inform Refugee Action’s strategy for supporting the sector; we will also publish a report and aim to create a software tool that enables this research to be regularly updated and made available to organisations, stakeholders and funders.

Jo Wilding is a barrister at Garden Court and a researcher at the University of Sussex, specialising in legal aid and access to legal advice. She has written extensively on the legal aid market and the geographies of access to immigration legal advice. Her latest report, with Refugee Action, looks at demand for and provision of legal advice in all areas of the UK: https://www.ragp.org.uk/reports