Immigration advice centre to close

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said he is concerned about the loss of vital support for people in Derry who are affected by the North West Migrant Centre’s announcement to cease their immigration advice service due to funding difficulties.

It’s believed that those who require immigration advice will now be sent to the Belfast Migrant Centre.

Mr Durkan said: “Over the last four years, people in Derry have sought immigration advice on countless occasions via the Belfast Migrant Centre’s satellite office – the North West Migrant Centre at The Old Church on Clarendon Street.

“This service has been invaluable, not least for the people in our community who have benefited from it – and in many cases relied on it.

“The loss of this service will leave a significant gap in services available to the migrant population in Derry and their family members – and I very much hope that funding can be secured to allow this invaluable service to continue.

“Receiving professional advice and representation on often complex areas of an international and European context are vital components of meeting the needs of our constituents.

“I have therefore provided support to the Belfast Migrant Centre – stressing I would be more than happy to support future funding applications in order to restore this vital service.”