Welcome to BARMS (Birmingham Asylum Refugee and Migrant Support), an online directory of organisations, services and groups committed to welcoming, supporting and resettling asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council worked in partnership with Common Unity to develop the website as a direct response to the needs and wishes of our partners in the Birmingham Migration Forum.

Birmingham is a friendly, cosmopolitan city which is proud of the warm welcome it extends to people from all corners of the globe, regardless of their situation.

Councillor John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities at Birmingham City Council, said: “This is a fantastic resource which shows the wealth of support available from organisations who are working together to help asylum seekers, refugees and migrants arriving in our city.

“Bringing all these services into one space not only makes it easy to find necessary support, but also encourages collaboration and partnership to help people settle into new lives in Birmingham. I wish BARMS every success going forward.”

BARMS is a one stop directory to access information and services specific to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. It facilitates communication between organisations and supports better collaboration and partnership working.

It also underpins the council’s commitment to Birmingham being a City of Sanctuary and reflects the emerging Resettlement and Integration Strategy for the city. You can find out more by visiting  http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cos.

Birmingham City Council’s Refugee and Migration Team will work with the Birmingham Migration Forum and Community Unity to ensure the content on the website is always up to date and reflective of what’s happening and available in the city.

If you want your organisation listed on the BARMS website there is a PDF form available (LINK : to add a service page) that you can complete and submit.

Working in partnership with The Waiting Room

  1. The content on this website will also automatically appear on the public facing “The Waiting Room”, which is a citywide directory of services for all communities in the city.
  2. The Waiting Room also provides a useful free text search function which can help people find things according to key words or a service for instance. So please make sure you reference terms like “asylum seeker”, “refugee”, “migrant”, “immigration”, as well as the place or postcode you deliver from in the description of what you do.

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