Zimbabweans in the UK

Zimbabwe has been in the UK's top ten asylum receiving nations since 2000. This is attributed to the unprecedented economic decline and political instability that has prevailed in Zimbabwe. Not only does the UK receive most of its asylum seekers from Zimbabwe, the UK is also the top destination for Zimbabweans after South Africa (UNHCR: 2009).

This guide serves to provide the most important historical, political and social context with regard to Zimbabwean refugees in the UK. It also highlights the key issues faced by this population. However, it should be used as a general overview or starting point and key texts are referenced to provide more in-depth understanding on particular areas.

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Resources

Amnesty International

Regularly updated news and annual reports on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/zimbabwe

BBC Country Profile: Zimbabwe

Country profile including detailed media information and historical timeline of political developments in Zimbabwe.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/country_profiles/1064589.stm

CIA World Factbook: Zimbabwe

Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues in Zimbabwe.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/zi.html

European Country of Origin Information Network. Country Profile on Zimbabwe

Country background, maps, index of national laws and links to global organizations concerned primarily with Zimbabwe.

http://www.ecoi.net/zimbabwe

National Documentation Packages on Zimbabwe

Contains documents on human rights, security conditions and other issues relevant to the determination of Zimbabwean refugee protection claims.

http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca:8080/Publications/PubNDP_CDN.aspx?id=3465

Refugee Council. Sources of information about conditions in Zimbabwe - by theme.

Themes are based on the indicators used by VRSG (Home Office Voluntary return Steering Group): absence of remigration; physical safety and security; freedom of movement; legal safety and security; housing; work/employment; education and training; and access to basic health services.

http://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/howwehelp/directly/voluntary_returns/zimbabweadvicebytheme

Thomson Reuters Foundation. Country Profile on Zimbabwe

A humanitarian news network aiming to keep professionals and journalists up to date on humanitarian crises around the globe. Contains a directory of reports, briefings and statistics on Zimbabwe regarding people, standard of living, economy and aid, health, disasters, conflict and migration.

http://www.alertnet.org/db/cp/zimbabwe.htm

UNHCR. Refworld: Zimbabwe

Contains an exhaustive collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks in Zimbabwe.

http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country/456d621e2/ZWE.html

United States Law Library of Congress

Provides links to information on Zimbabwe's constitutional, executive, judicial and legislative frameworks.

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/guide/nations/zimbabwe.php

World Health Organization. Country Profile on Zimbabwe

Information on diseases, health expenditures, health care provision and coverage, health system organisation and regulation, human resources in the health sector and statistics in Zimbabwe. http://www.who.int/countries/zwe/en/ 

Services and Advice Centres for Zimbabweans in the UK

Zimbabwe Association

A non-partisan support group for Zimbabwean asylum seekers and refugees across the UK

http://www.zimbabweassociation.org.uk/

The Britain Zimbabwe Society

A network of friends of the people of Zimbabwe

http://www.britain-zimbabwe.org.uk/OFR9.htm

Zimbabwe Action Group

A human rights organization which seeks to promote social cohesion and awareness of human rights in the Zimbabwean community in the UK. Provides a signposting service and forum for consultation and mutual support.

http://zimbabweactiongroup.org/index.php?id=HomePage

Zimbabwe Women's Network UK

A non-political organisation that assists Zimbabwean women with integration into the UK through advice on social, legal, political and economic issues.

http://www.zimwomenuk.org.uk/index.html

Citizens for Sanctuary: Strategic internships for Zimbabweans

The Zimbabwean Strategic Internship Scheme aims to assist in the reconstruction of Zimbabwe by increasing the skill levels and work experience of its citizens residing in the UK. http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html

Phoenix Fund for Zimbabwe

Provides a source of financial assistance for Zimbabwean exiles in the UK who wish to pursue courses of professional development or vocational training.

http://phoenixzimbabwe.org/

The Bristol Zimbabwe Association

Provides advice, information and welfare support to the Zimbabwean community in Bristol.

http://www.bristolzimbabweassociation.org.uk/index.html

Zimbabwean Community Association

Advice and support for Zimbabwean refugees and asylum seekers in London.

http://www.homelessuk.org/details.asp?id=UK23217

The Britain Zimbabwe Society

A network of friends of the people of Zimbabwe

http://www.britain-zimbabwe.org.uk/OFR9.htm

Zimbabwe Action Group

A human rights organization which seeks to promote social cohesion and awareness of human rights in the Zimbabwean community in the UK. Provides a signposting service and forum for consultation and mutual support.

http://zimbabweactiongroup.org/index.php?id=HomePage

Zimbabwe Women's Network UK

A non-political organisation that assists Zimbabwean women with integration into the UK through advice on social, legal, political and economic issues.

http://www.zimwomenuk.org.uk/index.html

Citizens for Sanctuary: Strategic internships for Zimbabweans

The Zimbabwean Strategic Internship Scheme aims to assist in the reconstruction of Zimbabwe by increasing the skill levels and work experience of its citizens residing in the UK. http://www.citizensforsanctuary.org.uk/pages/Strategic.html

Phoenix Fund for Zimbabwe

Provides a source of financial assistance for Zimbabwean exiles in the UK who wish to pursue courses of professional development or vocational training.

http://phoenixzimbabwe.org/

The Bristol Zimbabwe Association

Provides advice, information and welfare support to the Zimbabwean community in Bristol.

http://www.bristolzimbabweassociation.org.uk/index.html

Zimbabwean Community Association

Advice and support for Zimbabwean refugees and asylum seekers in London.

http://www.homelessuk.org/details.asp?id=UK23217

 

News and media resources for Zimbabwe

Human Rights Watch

Provides news releases, reports, commentaries and letters on human rights abuses within Zimbabwe

http://www.hrw.org/en/africa/zimbabwe

Overseas Security Advisory Council

OSAC monitors and reports on regional security for American businesses operating overseas.

https://www.osac.gov/Regions/country.cfm?country=195

ZimOnline

Zimbabwe's Independent News Agency. Includes features, analysis, sports, opinions, letters and comments.

http://www.zimonline.co.za/

Zimbabwe Situation

Contains up-to-date news and articles on the situation in Zimbabwe, a news archive for every month since March 2000, news links and links to other related Zimbabwe sites. http://www1.zimbabwesituation.com/    

 

Last Updated: 01/10/10

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