The Church of Sweden has a long-standing and active involvement with refugee and immigration issues. It works in various ways to help new arrivals get a good start in Sweden. At the national level it works to shift asylum policies in a more legally certain and humane direction. It also offers legal counselling to refugees and asylum seekers. At the local level there are a large number of parishes around the country. These offer support and help on various issues and run activities such as collections, language cafés, homework help, internships, charity shops and meeting venues. Much ofcivi what the Church of Sweden does on refugee and immigration issues is in collaboration with other churches, organisations and faith groups.