Country Statistics

Total Population: 68,131,084

 

Estimated migrant population: 8,543,120

 

Estimated refugee population (2019): 133,083

 

Estimated number of undocumented migrants (2019): N/A 

 

Main migrant populations (2020): India, Poland, Pakistan

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Healthcare rights of migrants and HIV testing and treatment in the United Kingdom

 
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Healthcare rights of migrants

Asylum seekers: Asylum seekers are entitled to register with a general doctor. 

Free hospital treatment is not generally available to asylum seekers who are not on Section 95 or Section 4 support. Hospital doctors should not refuse treatment that is urgently needed for refused asylum seekers, but the hospital is required to charge for it.

In Scotland all asylum seekers are entitled to free comprehensive health care, including those refused asylum seekers not on Section 4 support and including the spouse/civil partner and any dependent children.

 

Refugees: All refugees with an active application or appeal are fully entitled to free NHS care. This includes primary care, secondary care, and emergency care.  

Refused refugees are not entitled to secondary care, unless it is considered necessary or urgent

 

Undocumented migrants: GP and primary care services are free of charge for anyone in England. 

Through the NHS, undocumented migrants can benefit from emergency care as well as care for certain infectious diseases with public health hazards. However, they have to prove their ability to pay. 

The cost can either be covered by the patient or taken out of the hospital’s budget. Can obtain free diagnosis and treatment of certain contagious diseases, such as TB and HIV, as well as sexually transmitted infections

Undocumented migrants with HIV or AIDS may be admitted if critically ill and in immediate danger, but they will not be eligible for further services after discharge

Free treatment of any physical or mental condition that is a direct result of torture, female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence or sexual violence (as long as you have not travelled to the UK for the purpose of seeking this treatment). This includes all ongoing treatment and psychological help that is needed as a direct result of the violence, FGM or torture.

 

HIV testing and treatment

Testing: Free and confidential for all, although in practice testing tends to be limited for those in prison. Use the aidsmap European test finder to see where you can get tested for HIV. 

Treatment: Free for all, although access is limited for migrants and those in prison.

Support Organisations

Maternity Care Access Advice Service: 

Advice service for migrant women seeking maternity care through the NHS.

maternitycareaccess@maternityaction.org.uk 

www.maternityaction.org.uk

+44 0207 2516 189

Second Floor, 3-4 Wells Terrace, London N4 3JU

Service(s): Healthcare

Doctors of the World UK

Free and confidential help to access healthcare.

clinic@doctorsoftheworld.org.uk 

www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk

+44 0808 1647 686 / 0207 1675 789

29th floor, One Canada Square, London E14 5AA

Service(s): Healthcare

Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum: 

Offers practical advice, information, support and friendship, and also campaign on issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

info@nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk 

http://www.nottsrefugeeforum.org.uk/

+44 0115 9601 230

The Sycamore Centre, 33a Hungerhill Road, Nottingham, NG3 4NB

Service(s): Information and advice 

Social Workers Without Borders: 

Undertakes Best Interests and Human Rights Assessments where individuals face detention, removal or deportation. They also support people in the asylum process, or who have irregular immigration status, to access the services they need.

info@socialworkerswithoutborders.org

https://www.socialworkerswithoutborders.org/

Leicester, UK

Service(s): Legal help and representation, Counselling and mental health

Refugee Survival Trust: 

Provides practical support to vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.

Info@rst.org.uk

https://www.rst.org.uk/

+44 0141 3535 602

Floor 3, Robertson House,152 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4TB

Service(s): Information and advice 

Healthwatch Southwark: 

Help Southwark residents to access health and social care services based on their needs and experiences.

info@healthwatchsouthwark.org

https://www.healthwatchsouthwark.org/

+44 0207 3587 005

Southwark, London


Service(s): Information and advice 

Africa Advocacy Foundation: 

Community-led organisation equipping diaspora and marginalised communities with the tools and resources to find health and prosperity.

info@africadvocacy.org

https://www.africadvocacy.org/

+44 0208 6984 473

76 Elmer Road, Catford, London SE6 2ER

Service(s): Information and advice , Advocacy, Healthcare

Oasis Cardiff: 

Helps refugees and asylum seekers to integrate within their local community. 

Info@oasiscardiff.org 

https://www.oasiscardiff.org/

+44 0292 0460 424

Oasis Cardiff, 69B Splott Road, Cardiff, CF24 2BW

Service(s): Integration and social support

Migrant Help UK: 

Offers help and support to asylum seekers, refugees and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

ASCorrespondence@migranthelpuk.org

https://www.migranthelpuk.org/

+44 0130 4203 977 / 0808 8010 503

Migrant Help, Charlton House, Dour Street, Dover, CT16 1AT

Service(s): Integration and social support

 

The Congolese Association of Merseyside (CAM): 

Addresses the social dilemma of marginalized communities (French speaking refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants) facing social exclusion due to language barriers.

Congomerseyside@yahoo.fr

https://www.congomerseyside.org.uk/

+44 0151 3456 913

97 Stanley Rd, Liverpool L20 7DA

Service(s): Integration and social support, Advocacy

Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN): 

Supports refugees and asylum seekers in Kent through education and independent living skills, advocacy work and awareness campaigns.

razia@kran.org.uk

https://kran.org.uk

+44 0122 7634 320

Unit 1, 34 Simmonds Road , Wincheap Industrial Estate, Canterbury Kent, CT1 3RA

Service(s): Integration and social supportAdvocacy

Unity Centre Glasgow: 

Gives practical support and solidarity to all asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. They also support anyone detained in any UK Detention Centres.

info@unitycentreglasgow.org

https://unitycentreglasgow.org/

+44 0141 4277 992

22 Ibrox Street, Glasgow G51 1AQ

Service(s): Integration and social support

Leeds Asylum Seekers' Support Network: 

Supports refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds facing hardships of any kind. Also raises awareness on issues that they face.

admin@lassn.org.uk

http://www.lassn.org.uk/

+44 0113 3731 759

116 Dewsbury Road, Leeds LS11 6XD

Service(s): Integration and social support

West London Welcome: 

Supports migrants in Waltham Forest and promotes their integration in the UK. Also works on challenging negative stereotypes that are associated with migrants in political and media discourse.

joanne@westlondonwelcome.com

https://westlondonwelcome.com/

+44 0749 6394 175

Service(s): Integration and social support

NEWway Project: 

Offers support to those who are homeless or vulnerably housed.

admin@newwayproject.org

https://www.newwayproject.org/

+44 0749 0983 777

Newham, London

Service(s): Integration and social support, Shelter

Breaking Barriers: 

Helps refugees in London acquire the knowledge, confidence and experience to get stable, fulfilling employment.

h.mebrate@breaking-barriers.co.uk

https://breaking-barriers.co.uk/

+44 0204 5410 155

Office 202, 2nd Floor, The Frames, 1 Phipp Street, LONDON, EC2A 4PS

Service(s): Integration and social support, Advice and information

Unseen UK: 

Offers safe houses for up to 10 women who are survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. Survivors stay for an average of 90 days and are provided with ongoing medical care and treatment, trauma counselling, legal advice and assistance, financial assistance, etc.

admin@unseenuk.org

https://www.unseenuk.org/

+44 0303 0402 888

7 Hide Market, West Street, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0BH

Service(s): Healthcare, Counselling and mental health, Shelter, Legal help and representation

 

Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS): 

Supports asylum seekers who are destitute or at risk of destitution, have no access to housing or benefits and are not allowed to work. They provide emergency crisis intervention, immigration advice, and mental health support.

info@pafras.org.uk

http://www.pafras.org.uk/

+44 0113 2622 163

Unit 24, UNITY Business Centre, 26 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS7 1AB

Service(s): Advice and information, Shelter

Nafsiyat: 

Offers psychotherapy and counselling services in over 20 languages to people from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic communities in London.

admin@nafsiyat.org.uk

http://www.nafsiyat.org.uk/

+44 0207 2636 947

Unit 4, Lysander Mews, Lysander Grove, London, N19 3QP

Service(s): Counselling and mental health

Black & Asian Therapists Network (BAATN): 

Supports people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean and are affected by oppression due to the colour of their skin. They provide therapy and therapy education, along with psychotherapy training.

administrator@baatn.org.uk

https://www.baatn.org.uk/

Service(s): Counselling and mental health, Advice and information

Vietnamese Mental Health Services: 

Provides services to people from Vietnam with mental health difficulties and their families living in the UK.

info@vmhs.org.uk

http://www.vmhs.org.uk/

+44 0207 2340 601

25 Fair Street, London, SE1 2XF

Service(s): Counselling and mental health

Room to Heal: 

Offers long-term support, practical and therapeutic, to people who have experienced torture and organised violence to rebuild their lives in exile.

info@roomtoheal.org

https://www.roomtoheal.org/

+44 0751 5461 745

Mildmay Community Centre, Woodville Road, London N16 8NA

Service(s): Counselling and mental health

Solace: 

Provides psychotherapy and support to the survivors of persecution and exile living in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

kathryn@solace-uk.org.uk

https://www.solace-uk.org.uk/

+44 0789 9304 905

Solace, Manor House, 1 Manor Street, Leeds LS7 1PZ

Service(s): Counselling and mental health

Ubuntu Counselling Services Ltd: 

Offers Multicultural Counselling, practical support and education for all communities across Devon and wider population. Services can be offered in a person’s mother tongue.

info@ubuntucounsellingservices.org.uk

http://ubuntucounsellingservices.org.uk/

+44 0139 2201 572 ; 0139 2848 741

Room 1.5, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1JN

Service(s): Advice and information

 

The Maya Centre: 

Provides free counselling services for women who have experienced mental health issues, trauma and gender -based violence, including domestic violence, physical abuse or childhood sexual abuse and harmful traditional practices.

admin@mayacentre.org.uk

https://www.mayacentre.org.uk/

+44 0207 2818 970

Unit 8, 9-15, Elthorne Road, London, N19 4AJ

Service(s): Counselling and mental health

We Belong: 

We Belong is a migrant youth-led organisation, campaigning for the rights of young migrants. They also provide advice, support and training for young change makers to affect change in society.

Info@webelong.org.uk

https://www.webelong.org.uk/about-us

+44 0208 0594 778

EC1 OFFICES, 338 CITY ROAD, ANGEL, EC1V 2PY

 

Service(s): Advice and information

Exiled Writers Ink: 

Supports the work of exiled writers, refugees, and migrants through publishing opportunities, creative employment, performances and workshops.

exiledwritersink@gmail.com

https://www.exiledwriters.co.uk/

+44 0208 4581 910

Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9 London, UK

Service(s): Integration and social support

 

City of Sanctuary: 

Works in close partnership with major refugee organisations to support advocacy and campaigning initiatives.

info@CityofSanctuary.org

https://cityofsanctuary.org/

+44 0113 8800 002

PO Box 384, Leeds, LS26 1GJ

Service(s): Advocacy

Migrant Voice: 

Training, campaigning and serving as a voice for migrants’ needs and concerns.

info@migrantvoice.org

https://www.migrantvoice.org/

+44 0207 8325 824

VAI, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP

Service(s): Advocacy

Voices in Exile: 

Supports refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants with no recourse to public funds in East and West Sussex and Surrey. They offer practical and legal support, accompany and enable people to access services, and help them build skills necessary to integrate in the UK.  

administrator@voicesinexile.org

https://www.voicesinexile.org/

+44 0127 3328 598

Fitzherbert Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP

Service(s): Advice and information, Legal help and representation, Integration and social support

Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network: 

Free and confidential immigration advice, and advice on housing and welfare benefits. 

hera.lorandos@lrmn.org.uk

https://www.lrmn.org.uk/

+44 0208 6940 323

341 Evelyn Street, London SE8 5QX

Service(s): Advice and information, Legal help and representation

South West London Law Centres: 

Provides free and independent legal advice on social justice issues, including housing, employment, debt, benefits and asylum to people in the South West London area.

enquiries@swllc.org

https://swllc.org/

+44 0208 7672 777

London

Service(s): Legal help and representation

BHA for Equality: 

Provides information and advice to BME communities, young people and gay and bisexual men on sexual health as well as HIV prevention and treatment.

Pash@thebha.org.uk

https://thebha.org.uk/

+44 0113 244 9767

4th Floor, Gallery House 131 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 5RD

Service(s): Advice and information

Bart’s Health NHS Trust:

Provides healthcare services to people living in South East London. Find services offered here.  

http://ghuappointments.bartshealth.nhs.net/

https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/

Multiple locations across London

Service(s): Healthcare

Migrants Organise:

Provides a platform for refugees and migrants to talk about various issues that affect them and organise for power, dignity and justice to enable meaningful inclusion and integration. Also provides advice and support for individuals affected by the hostile environment immigration policies.

aliya@migrantsorganise.org

https://www.migrantsorganise.org/

+44 020 8964 4815

Service(s): Advice and information, Integration and social support

Helen Bamber Foundation:

With a specialist team of therapists, doctors and legal experts, the Helen Bamber Foundation provides care to survivors of human trafficking. This includes therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection, counter-trafficking support and practical support (welfare and community integration work). 

reception@helenbamber.org

https://www.migrantsorganise.org/

+44 020 3058 2020

Service(s): Advice and information, Integration and social supportLegal help and representation, Counselling and mental health

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