uk refugee resettlement
in lancashire

resettlement definitions

resettlement definitions


Asylum is the protection that is granted by a nation-state to a person who has fled their country to escape serious threat to their life or liberty. People granted this protection, which arises out of the United Nations 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (the “Refugee Convention”), are called refugees.

An asylum seeker (or asylum applicant) is a person who has applied for recognition as a refugee under the Refugee Convention, to which over 140 nations are signatories (UNHCR, 2020).


The Refugee Convention defines a refugee as a person who, “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country”.

The word refugee is also used more generally to refer to anyone who has fled their country to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster, even if they have not been granted protection under the Refugee Convention.

resettlement schemes

resettlement schemes


Lancashire has committed to resettle 360 people under the Afghan Relations and Assistance Policy and Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong UK Welcome Programme provides British Nationals (Overseas)  from Hong Kong and their dependants with the opportunity to come to the UK.


In response to the invasion of Ukraine in March 2022, the UK government has offered three main visa routes by which Ukrainian nationals can enter or remain in the UK.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom Resettlement Scheme aims to resettle up to 5,000 of the world’s most vulnerable refugees.

For more information about resettlement schemes in Lancashire click here:

Asylum Dispersal

Information on who can assist with asylum dispersal and contingency accommodation in Lancashire.

Community Sponsorship

Community sponsorship is a way that community groups can be involved in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable people fleeing conflict.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Lancashire County Council participates in the government’s Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

Vulnerable Persons and Children

Information about the two schemes which have now been consolidated into the United Kingdom Resettlement Scheme.

support for resettlers

support for resettlers

Applying for school

Find out how to apply for a school place in Lancashire.

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Community safety

If you ever feel unsafe, there are lots of services available to support you.

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Drop-in sessions

Advice, guidance and support drop-in sessions available.

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Early years support

Links to childcare information.

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Whatever stage of career you are at in the UK, we can signpost you to advice to help get you to the next step.

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English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

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Family reunion

Organisations who can assist with family reunion.

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Funding opportunities

A list of organisations that can provide funding directly for resettlers.

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Health and Wellbeing

Help with understanding the UK Health System.

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Higher education

Opportunities that support refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK to access university.

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Help and support with housing.

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Refugee Education UK

Refugee Education UK want all refugee children and young people to be able to access the level of education that is right for them.

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Legal support

Advice on immigration and legal support available.

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The ReWelcome app

Our ReWelcome app contains a whole range of support, including support organisations, health advice services, housing and legal support.

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Support for families

The Children and Family Wellbeing Service can offer a range of support for families with children of all ages.

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Understanding the UK Education System

The UK education system and the exams you complete along the way may be quite different from the education system in your home country.

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Undocumented migrants

Find information about the different routes to apply for status from the Joint Council for Welfare of Immigrants.

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Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering is an excellent way of getting to know your local community and helping you to feel at home in Lancashire.

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Lancashire refugee council

This is a refugee-led organization working with refugees and asylum seekers from across the whole of Lancashire.

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UK Visas and Immigration

UK Visas and Immigration is responsible for making millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country.

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ESL classes online for non-native English speakers

If you're a Ukrainian Resettler in the UK struggling to communicate in English, this TEFL teaching program, provides English for Specific Purposes (ESP) lesson.

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help for professionals

help for professionals


Co-production is a values driven approach that encourages organisations to work in equal partnership with resettlers to design, develop and evaluate services.


Our ESOL platform for teachers, classroom assistants, caseworkers, one to one support workers and volunteers.

Funding opportunities

Find out about grants and funding available to third-sector organisations.

Health and wellbeing

Health and Social Care Advocacy is a project commissioned by Lancashire Refugee Integration team for people who are refugees living in Lancashire and Blackpool and people who are seeking asylum in those areas.


We work together with district councils to source housing for the most vulnerable refugee families around the world.

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.


Information about the healing classrooms programme.


Bespoke training packages to support community groups, voluntary/charity organizations, schools and faith groups.

Looking For Support With ESOL in Lancashire?

Contact the Resettlement Integration Team if you would like to find out more information.

If you have any questions or want advice you can get in touch.

If you have any questions or want advice you can get in touch.

Events & Activities

At Future U, we to offer a variety of outreach events and activities which are delivered by our central team and by our partners.


Please select Activities to view the range of talks and workshops that are available to book ad-hoc. Many activities can be delivered in school or virtually, are free of charge and are aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance.


Select Events to see find upcoming dates for university visit days, competitions, residentials and more.