Since 2017, our core strategic campaign work has been focused on making Haringey a more welcoming borough. 

What does this mean? In large part, this means working alongside residents and the voluntary and community sector to ensure that our local authority opposes and challenges the official Hostile Environment immigration policy and commits to making the borough safe and welcome for all migrants. This includes a commitment to review policies, services, and practices in line with the values of welcome. This is a long, sustained process of holding our elected representatives to account, and working together to ensure that our local services are reflective of the values we all want to live by. 

The story below recounts how we achieved the first milestone in this long journey, in November 2018, when Haringey Council unanimously committed to becoming a ‘’Welcoming borough’’.

A Welcome Strategy was developed by Haringey in 2018 soon after the unanimous vote. A Welcome Advisory Board made up of a cross sector of statutory services and voluntary and community groups has met regularly since then, to tackle many issues raised in the community such as access to primary healthcare and free school meals for under documented people or those with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). 

An early decision by the Council to refuse to share personal data about rough sleepers with the Home Office was a commendable outcome of the commitment to welcome.

Haringey was one of the first local councils that provided support and housed people, including migrants and those with NRPF, at the start of the lockdown and before it became national policy, as seen here.

Since 2022 Haringey Council’s Resettlement Team has been supporting integration of people resettling from Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and Ukraine, and just as importantly, providing support for all residents in the immigration and asylum system needing help to access services.