Welcome to the Hackney Migrant Centre

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Hackney Migrant Centre is a charity that runs a weekly drop-in for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. During the drop-in we offer free advice on immigration problems. We also have a health advocate that can help with access to NHS services and GP registration.

The drop-in is held every Wednesday ONLY, 11-4pm (we open registration at 9am). Please be aware that demand is very high on our service and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to assist everyone who approaches us. At present, people are queueing before the Centre opens and anyone who joins the queue after 9am is unlikely to be able to see an immigration adviser.

Our doors open for registration at 9am but we do not start working on cases until 11am. We can only see the first 40 visitors to our service who we triage between 11-12.30pm and are booked in for afternoon advice slots after lunch, between 1.00-4.00pm. Each week we are seeing more people than our advisers can deal with so we might not be able to offer everyone an advice slot with an adviser. Also, we are mainly providing initial advice. If your immigration case does not qualify for legal aid, we might not be able to help you find a pro bono representative, as we have a waiting list of cases for whom we cannot find lawyers. We can give you lists of private solicitors we recommend.

No appointment is necessary. We have currently been seeing a very large demand on our service and are struggling to cope with the number of visitors to our service. We are only able to accept 40 visitors each week, this is on a first come first serve basis. We are doing this because we cannot give a good service to everyone when there are too many people at the centre.

We will give out details of other services where people can get advice on immigration, housing, welfare and health.

Hackney Migrant Centre has been very effective in helping people. Read some case studies of visitors who have benefited from attending the drop-in.

Hackney Migrant Centre Aims

  1. To provide advice and assistance to migrants on immigration, welfare or health issues
  2. To offer a welcoming environment to migrants and help reduce social isolation
  3. To publicise issues relating to migrants' social and economic circumstances

Download our flyer here

Download our annual report here

Read about our joint immigration project with Islington Law Centre here