Policy Advice & Research

Social Integration and Refugee Researchers

Policy Advice & Research

We're specialists in labour market and social integration of refugees

With 10 years of experience at a grassroots level developing specialist housing and training support for refugees and migrants, ACH now offer consultancy services to a variety of partner organisations. These include projects in the UK, Europe and Africa.

We work closely with a number of research partners on issues relating to refugee resettlement, including the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE). We are currently working on research projects for the University of Bristol.

We offer:

  • Project and programme design

  • Capacity building

  • Project evaluation


Get in touch

With our Business Development Manager, Richard Thickpenny:

email: richard.thickpenny@ashleyhousing.com

or call 0117 941 5353.

BAME tech entrepreneur

Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) diversity and inclusion:

This was a joint piece of research (in partnership with Up Our Street) to improve engagement with business incubation at SETsquared Bristol.

Men, gender and displacement

Men, Gender and Displacement

This collaborative research project between ACH and the University of Bristol explored men’s experience of displacement in Bristol through a series of research days out with ACH tenants and learners. 

The accompanying brochure showcases the research using reflections and poetry. 

CFE survey results

Starting afresh: How entrepreneurship is transforming the lives of resettled refugees

The Centre for Entrepreneurs worked with ACH and the North of England Refugee Service to conduct a survey of 96 refugees in the UK to measure their interest in entrepreneurship.

CREME research quote

Facilitating New Migrant Business Development: A Collaborative Approach (CREME) 

ACH and the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), University of Birmingham

Research review by Maria Villares-Varola*, Mender Ram**, Trevor Jones,***, Sabina Doldor**

* University of Southampton, ** University of Birmingham

Part of the provocation report


A new perspective on the resettlement and integration of Refugees and Forced Migrants.

Provocation Paper for Fuad Mahamed, Clore Social Fellow 2016.

table with people

The Effectiveness of Current ESOL Courses from the Perspective of Refugee Students 

REVaLUE project

The REVaLUE project

Funded by the EU until 2019, the REVaLUE project is collaborative project with partners from different countries including France, Italy, Hungary and Germany, representing organisations across Europe that work with migrants and refugees. It builds on the Migrapass assessment tools, creating a common curriculum to support refugees into integration through training, employment preparation, and career guidance.

At ACH we focus on the competencies of the refugees we work with, rather than qualifications. REVaLUE enhances our reputation as an authority in this field of work.

ARIVE project

The ARIVE Project 

The ARIVE (Accepted, Resettled, Integrated, Valued, and Employed) project aims to improve the integration journey for refugees, by looking at the factors which inhibit and enable their entry into the labour market. 

This project spans five European countries, with ACH working alongside Dimitra (Greece), Rinova (UK), ERIFO (Italy) and FolkUniversitertet (Sweden). The project will last for three years and is funded by the EU Erasmus + programme.