Hackney Migrant Centre (HMC) delivers a free, weekly advice and support service for vulnerable migrants on immigration, housing, welfare and access to health. We support visitors to our service to resolve their immigration problems and move out of homelessness and destitution in the long-term, as well as assisting them to address immediate issues. Most of our visitors lack secure immigration status and are destitute as a result of that and the Hostile Environment. 

We welcome all migrants, regardless of immigration status, nationality or current place of residence.

Our purpose

To demonstrate solidarity with migrants in Hackney and beyond, including the most vulnerable and marginalised, by welcoming them as our visitors and helping them to access rights and overcome injustice in the immigration system.

Our strategic aims (2024-2027)

  1. To foster a safe community space where migrants can participate and access opportunities to remove barriers in their daily lives. 
  2. To improve access to high-quality advice, representation, and well-being support, working to achieve better outcomes for migrants with insecure housing or immigration status, and those living in destitution. 
  3. To build partnerships and campaign, using our knowledge to advance migrants’ rights locally and nationally. 
  4. To champion good leadership and governance, by challenging oppressive systems and structures, and striving for justice, while advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

HMC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement:

HMC is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within a framework of anti-oppression. Our EDI action plan includes clear, intended outcomes and deliverables which are measurable, and has lines of accountability. We will provide equal opportunities for all staff and volunteers regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, ethnicity, marriage or civil partnership, religion or belief which are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, and to all migrants regardless of their immigration status or identity.
(February 2024)

“They listen to you, they give you advice, and introduce you to people who are going to help you with your issue. After that they kept referring me to different groups and that was so helpful”

Visitor to Hackney Migrant Centre in 2018


Click here to read joint evidence prepared by Hackney Migrant Centre and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, discussing the impact of having No Recourse to Public Funds (September 2021)