Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)

JCWI logoThe Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has been working since 1967 to help thousands of individuals and families who have been affected by the unfairness of British immigration and nationality law and policy.

JCWI has never sought nor accepted central government funds. Thus the national organisation says that it has “preserved its independence, and can truly claim to be independent and free from any government influence”.

With a history of creating partnerships among voluntary and other service providers, JCWI’s current activities can be summarised:

  • policy work and campaigning,
  • legal advice and strategic casework,
  • media work and information dissemination
  • providing legal training to practitioners and others
  • publications of guides, handbooks and other reference materials

Their 2011 publication The JCWI Guide to the Points Based System will be updated during 2016 when the new Immigration Bill emerges from UK Parliament and enters the statute books.

I Am An Immigrant website homepageDuring the 2015 UK General Election campaign, JCWI “challenged some of the toxic discourse around immigration” through their I Am An Immigrant website and posters.

Rita Orr refugee plaqueThey plan to launch a follow-up I Am A Refugee campaign on World Refugee Day (20 June) and are seeking crowdfunding to finance the production of 50 physical blue plaques to recognise the achievements and contributions of refugees who have come to the UK. More details in this news item.