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”
Loraine Masiya Mponela, the chairperson for Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group (CARAG), reflects on the unique challenges being faced by asylum seekers and undocumented migrants in the UK.
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).
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- Without approaching the NHS, undocumented people with severe COVID19 symptoms reported as dying in their homes in the UK
- Doctors of the World call for suspension of all NHS charges Continue reading “Coronavirus – Call for suspension on NHS charges”
They will be free to use country’s health service, welfare system, bank accounts, and work and rental contracts
All migrants and asylum seekers currently living in Portugal are to be treated as permanent residents during the coronavirus crisis, the government has announced. Continue reading “Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic”
We call on the Home Secretary to:
- ensure access to healthcare – this means immediately suspending all NHS charging and data sharing with immigration enforcement, and launching a public information campaign that makes clear that healthcare services are available and safe for all migrants to use
- ensure all migrants have access to vital public services by suspending ‘No Recourse To Public Funds’ conditions
- make assurances that no one will be penalised for missing appointments, reporting or court dates due to illness
- make sure no one is made an ‘overstayer’ because of being self-isolated or unable to return to a country that is not safe to travel to, by extending or modifying visas
- release everyone detained under immigration powers to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering the detention estate and causing avoidable harm
- provide specialist support for those housed in shared Asylum Accommodation to enable safe access to medical services, testing, and where necessary, re-housing for particularly vulnerable people. Continue reading “Protecting migrants from Covid-19”
#healthandsafetyforallcc: UK Home Secretary and UK Health Secretary,
Irish Health Secretary and Irish Minister for Justice and Equality,
All UK MPs,
All Members of the Irish Parliament (the Oireachtas),
All Leaders and CEOs of Local Authorities and Health Services in the UK,
All CEOs of Councils and Health Services in Ireland,
Professor Neil Ferguson, Imperial College, London,
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Ireland
Prof Ruairi Brugha, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, Ireland27th March 2020
RE: ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, HOUSING AND FOOD FOR ALL
PRESS RELEASE / PUBLIC STATEMENT for immediate release
- Suspend all detention and deportation processes
- Invite all undocumented or displaced or destitute people to come forward, without fear
- Identify empty buildings with capacity for creating self-contained units where homeless people can live, with local community support, now Continue reading “Coronavirus, undocumented migrants and those in the current process”
Prepared in August 2018: Our Toolkit is based on people’s experience of the asylum and immigration system, ideas and actions they have found helpful to navigate the system and survive. https://righttoremain.org.uk/preparing-in-case-of-detention-update/
Thank you to Freed Voices for the feedback which has led to updating this page on detention.