Refugee & Asylum Policy Advice & Research

refugee social integration researchers sitting outdoors

Refugee & Asylum Policy Advice & Research

Lift the ban

Lift the Ban Project

We recently ran a project with Bristol Refugee Rights, funded by Quartet Community Foundation, to link asylum seekers to local businesses and provide guidance on the UK jobs market. 

This project links with the #LiftTheBan campaign which is urging the UK Government to allow asylum seekers the right to work in the UK. We have collated our findings and the outcomes of the programme to highlight why this is needed and the benefits both asylum seekers and businesses will gain. 


How to restart an inclusive economic recovery in Bristol post COVID-19

It is a well-publicised fact that COVID-19 has hit the Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities hardest. According to a UK Government report 17% of COVID-19 patients are from BAME communities. In this report ACH CEO, Fuad Mahamed, looks at how we can restart an inclusive economic recovery post Covid-19.

Asylum seeker visit to Engine Shed Bristol

Entrepreneurship Facilitator

A one-year pilot of an Entrepreneurship Facilitator working with entrepreneurs in under-represented communities to connect them with business support and understand the systemic barriers to economic inclusion.

This pilot began in September 2018 and is funded by ACH, Engine Shed, the West of England Combined Authority, and the University of Bristol, in partnership with Barton Hill Settlement.


UK refugee entrepreneurship pilot scheme

Independent Evaluation

We are delighted to have been one of the four organisations involved in the UK Refugee Entrepreneurship Pilot Scheme. A scheme that aimed to support refugee entrepreneurs reach their business goals and trial models of business support to better meet individuals' needs.

Read more and the recommendations from this scheme in the Independent Evaluation conducted by Loughborough University.

Building resilience

Refugee and Migrant Entrepreneurship

Rebuilding resilience post COVID-19

This report looks at refugee entrepreneurship, the key issues for refugee entrepreneurs and the complications Covid-19 has brought. Concluding with recommendations to rebuilding resilience post Covid-19.

male refugee & tech entrepreneur forming diversity research report

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.

Unmet needs of migrants from Europe

The Unmet Needs of Migrant Communities from Europe

Particularly EU 10 And EU 2 Member States

A Discussion Paper by Beth Wilson | Bristol Refugee Rights and David Jepson | ACH. 

exploring men's experience of displacement through reflections & poetry

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 ACH north of england refugee service survey

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.

migrant firms act as a vehicle for social integration of refugees

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

resettlement and integration of refugees and forced migrants


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

Provocation Paper for Fuad Mahamed, Clore Social Fellow 2016.

refugee students gathered around a table at an esol course

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


Economic Work Package

Precarity and Everyday Integration in Bristol: a baseline report and working document

ACH is a partner in the Everyday Integration project. Everyday Integration is an ESRC funded collaborative research project led by the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and local Bristol community organisations. This report looks at Precarity and Everyday Integration in Bristol.