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Voluntary organizations for refugees resist pressure to operate as 'shadow state' agencies – January 2007

New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, highlights the tensions that voluntary organisations face between working to support refugees arriving in Britain and the rules surrounding government funding for their work.

According to Professor Nick Fyfe at Dundee University who led the project voluntary groups feel they are under considerable pressure because what is in the best interests of their clients conflicts with government policy.

There has been a vast proliferation in the past decade, of the number of voluntary organizations helping refugees and asylum seekers. The majority rely on Home Office or Local Authority funding to support aspects of their work and some feel they are being used to deliver government policy on a so-called 'shadow state' basis. It is not only less friendly to refugees than the agencies themselves would like, but may also be counter to the interests of individual migrants, according to the study.

Read the full article here: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/releases/2007/january/voluntary.aspx?ComponentId=17860&SourcePageId=5433