Community insight from Hackney Migrant Centre suggests that migrants in the borough disproportionately experience social isolation and exclusion, partly as a result of cuts to welfare and other services such as legal aid. 4 Migrant women have also expressed difficulties understanding the school system, and how to access services or to apply for benefits.

This community insight report also describes residents from migrant backgrounds feeling unwelcome and unsupported locally. However, the latest Hackney residents’ survey found that newcomers to the area in general have a slightly more positive view on social cohesion in Hackney than more established residents. 5

Insight from a focus group led by Hackney Council suggests that migrant communities are concerned about the loss of informal support networks in the community, such as care for older people and childcare. 6

References

  1. Hackney Migrant Centre, “Team Hackney Community Insight Group Final Report,” 2014. [Online]. Available: http://www.hcvs.org.uk/resources/Report_HMC.docx (Document) . [Accessed October 2016].
  2. Ipsos MORI for Hackney Council, “Health and wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  3. Hackney Council, “Hackney: a place for everyone (HAPFE) consultation report,” 2016 (not yet published).
  4. Hackney Migrant Centre, “Team Hackney Community Insight Group Final Report,” 2014. [Online]. Available: http://www.hcvs.org.uk/resources/Report_HMC.docx (Document) . [Accessed October 2016].
  5. Ipsos MORI for Hackney Council, “Health and wellbeing in Hackney: survey report for Hackney Council,” 2015.
  6. Hackney Council, “Hackney: a place for everyone (HAPFE) consultation report,” 2016 (not yet published).