Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

Protecting migrants from Covid-19

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”

‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention

‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention   21 March 2019

The Home Office has shown a shockingly cavalier attitude in its approach to immigration detention and overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process, a new report by the Home Affairs Committee has found. Continue reading “‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention”

Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention

22.10.2018: In the last year, over 26,000 people were detained in the UK under immigration powers.

There is no time limit on how long people can be detained under immigration powers in the UK. That means that people are held in prison-like conditions with no idea when they will be released. There is plenty of evidence documenting the harm that this causes to those detained, and to their families and communities. Continue reading “Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention”

Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain

Guardian: Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain by  and 

Investigation suggests hundreds of vulnerable people are detained indefinitely

An unprecedented snapshot of migrants held in British detention centres found more than half of the sample were either suicidal, seriously ill or victims of torture, a Guardian investigation has established. Continue reading “Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain”