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Covid-19: Migrant Voice calling for policy changes to help migrants

Covid-19: Migrant Voice calling for policy changes to help migrants

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Since the escalation of the Covid-19 epidemic in the UK, the migration sector has been working together with different migrant communities to assess the particular issues affecting them and to call for urgent changes to national policies, regulations and practicies.

At Migrant Voice, we have been contributing to these conversations and raising our voice with others to push for the change that's needed.

Here are some of the calls we're supporting and letters we've been signing:

  • We joined with Medact, JCWI, Liberty and many others to call for an immediate suspension of the hostile environment, including NHS charging and data-sharing (16 March)
  • We joined a sector-wide call to discuss issues facing migrants who are destitute and/or homeless, resulting in this letter, coordinated by NACCOM (18 March)
  • We signed a letter calling on universities to suspend all monitoring of migrant staff and students, and to institute "the most generous extension of visa sponsorship possible" during and after this pandemic (19 March)
  • We signed a letter calling on local authorities to take urgent action to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all migrants, especially those with no recourse to public funds (20 March)
  • We wrote to the Home Secretary and Immigration Minister to call for all leave to remain to be automatically extended for all migrants in the UK, and refusals to be suspended (23 March)
  • We worked with Amnesty International UK to submit joint evidence to the Home Affairs Committee inquiry on Home Office preparedness for Covid-19. We also contributed to a submission made by JCWI (25 March)
  • We signed a letter calling on Greek and EU authorities to take action to protect migrants in the Greek camps from Covid-19 (25 March)
  • We wrote to the Home Office asking for information about the closure of the EU Settlement Scheme Resolution Centre and calling on them to extend the deadline for applying to the scheme. We also signed a joint letter, facilitated by Here for Good, with similar calls (26 March)
  • We joined with Unity and other organisations to request that the Government lift the restrictions on the provision of help with the cost of funerals for deceased asylum seekers (27 March)
  • We joined with dozens of organisations, led by the Public Interest Law Centre, to call for the Government to do more to protect and support domestic abuse survivors (31 March)
  • We joined with Freedom from Torture and dozens of other organisations to request that the Government increase the amount of asylum support by £20 per week (3 April)

We will continue to update this list.