We have an urgent request: the call for Status Now for All is being carried into Parliament in an Early Day Motion – EDM #658 as follows:
EDM #658 – LEAVE TO REMAIN STATUS
That this House notes that there are currently an unknown number of persons in the UK who are not citizens of the UK and who do not at present have leave to remain in this country, who lack any entitlement to support from the state and are therefore entirely without funds to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families and who are unable to comply with government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing; and considers it essential that the government takes immediate action to ensure that leave to remain in the United Kingdom is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, so that they can access healthcare, food and housing to enable them to adhere to government advice on social distancing, and to ensure the health of themselves and their families as well as helping protect the health of all of us.
Refugee Week Facebook event – it took place on Wednesday 17.6.2020, but is available for viewing. You may find it interesting to hear the stories of people with lived experience, and hear from Shami Chakrabarti, Alf Dubs and Jeremy Corbyn:
5 June 2020: Status Now stands in Solidarity with #blacklivesmatter for #healthandsafetyforall
5 JUN 2020 – Status Now Network’s Reference Group is up and running, meeting on a fortnightly basis and taking action in between to develop the following:
Parliamentary and political engagement
British MP’s, via constituents and Trades Union representatives in UK Parliament. BFAWU was a founding signatory and, following the death of member Belly Mujinga, TSSA have joined us, as has the Trade Union Coordinating Group https://www.tucg.org.uk[https://www.tucg.org.uk/
Template letter based on the content of our Open Letter to UK Prime Minister and Irish Taioseach will be coming to you to use when contacting relevant UK MP’s in your networks.
Letter will ask them to support a forthcoming Early Day Motion. If you have an MP that you want to ensure is connected up to this part of our work please email email@example.com with your details and ideas.
Historic Irish Dáil Éireann debates to end Direct Provision via our Irish lead http://www.masi.ie/
The Jesuit Refugee Service put out a call on 7 May 2020: #StatusForAll:
Status for All
We have written to the Prime Minister asking that the government grant a period of “Leave to Remain” to everyone with insecure immigration status. We are joined by over 30 front-line facing organisations working with asylum seekers, refugees, and those with irregular immigration status.
A period of ‘leave to remain’ is the most effective way of ensuring people can access support they need during this crisis, such as accommodation and healthcare, and thereby protecting society as a whole.
This is similar to the the Status Now call of 28 March 2020:
Dear Sirs RE: ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, HOUSING AND FOOD FOR ALL We call upon the British and Irish States to act immediately so that all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland are granted Status Now, as in Leave to Remain. In this way every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship can access healthcare, housing, food and the same sources of income from the State as everyone else. Everyone has the right to be in an environment where they can follow the Public Health directives necessary to limit COVID19 viral transmission to the absolute minimum and to care for themselves, their loved ones and their living and working communities.It is imperative – being in everyone’s best interests – that the basic needs of all are met. People living in extreme poverty and/or destitution and/or without immigration status in the UK or Ireland and/or without access to the NHS or the Irish Health System: • Are unable to socially isolate as needed • Cannot access health care, and income and other social support • Cannot contribute openly and without fear, to making the population as safe as possible, alongside everyone else.
QARN ‘Excessive fees: leave to remain in the UK’ leaflet: In these times of online meetings, here’s a suggested format for considering the important issues raised in this leaflet. Gloucestershire AM has recently had a good experience of this. Having originally planned a whole ‘faith in action’ day on refuge and asylum issues, we had to alter it to a zoom event instead. Continue reading “Idea for a Zoom reading meeting”
Isolation, disruption and confusion have interrupted many of our lives. Kékéli Kpognon and Andrew Lane chart a way through by focusing on those who have been surviving these conditions for years.
Policies that show generosity towards asylum seekers make some European politicians very nervous, which is why some of what we have seen in Europe in the last few days is so remarkable. The deportation of asylum seekers is being suspended (Germany), immigration detainees are being released (Italy), homeless people are being housed (France), and some are being given temporary asylum (Portugal).
But rather than protect people from Covid-19, some governments are using the crisis for other purposes. We are seeing the right to claim asylum under European and international law being suspended (Greece), and the granting of new powers for a prime minister to rule by decree indefinitely (Hungary).