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Welcome to our July 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly update on news & campaigns happening across the country: BBC: Undocumented workers are at risk, Campaigns we're supporting, Other News, Events, Job Vacancies

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BBC: Undocumented migrants are at risk


"We're calling for all undocumented migrants to be given leave to remain because we do feel this to be the humane thing to do and it would protect not just them but society at large as well." - Fizza Qureshi, CEO, Migrants' Rights Network

Charities say they fear that thousands of undocumented workers here in London are at risk of coronavirus- because they're too afraid to seek help. That's despite reassurances from the government that hospitals will NOT carry out immigration checks. A new report- by a London migrant rights charity- says the government's hostile environment policies are a risk to public health. Watch Leana Hosea's piece for the BBC on undocumented workers

Campaigns We're Supporting

  • Home For All - Crisis Campaign - During the coronavirus pandemic, we have come together as a society to achieve extraordinary things for people facing homelessness – from finding accommodation for people in hotels to protecting people from becoming homeless during the pandemic. Crisis is calling for the change we need so that everyone has a safe, stable home; and funding homelessness services to help people leaving temporary accommodation and those newly facing homelessness to find somewhere permanent to live. Join MRN in supporting a #HomeForAll to make right now the beginning of the end of homelessness. More info
     
  • Open Letter To Local Authorities - More than a hundred charities, campaign groups, lawyers and local councillors have urged local councils not to evict homeless people with NRPF from emergency accommodation provided through the Covid-19 homelessness response. The open letter also asks councils not to share homeless people’s information with the Home Office without their consent and to lobby for an end to the ‘no recourse to public funds (NRPF)’ system. Read our open letter to local authorities here. Members of the public can sign here to show their support.

     
  • Call from evidence from local authorities on 'no recourse to public funds' during the Covid-19 pandemic - During the pandemic local authorities across the UK have played an unprecedented role in supporting single homeless people with NRPF in addition to their existing responsibilities to children and families, and adults with care needs. We want to find out from council officers how local authorities have responded to this. What are the challenges and difficulties, and what are the emerging areas of good practice? Please circulate the survey far and wide: *Deadline is 6th July 2020. More info

 

  • Unis Resist Border Controls survey -  Complete the survey to allow URBC to better resist the blanket deployment of such technology for surveillance, monitoring and performance management purposes. Please share with university staff and students who may be affected or have knowledge of this. Deadline to participate in the study is by FRIDAY 24 JULY. Take the survey

Other News

  • Free School Meals Info Sheet- This information sheet will explain if you might be eligible for free school meals and how to apply. It includes information for families that receive welfare support and for families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF). More info Please help us spread the word about who is entitled to free school meals!  
 
  • Windrush- UK government to act on all 30 lessons learned recommendations-  
    Priti Patel has promised significant cultural and systemic reform of the Home Office, as she accepted all 30 recommendations of the independent review into the Windrush scandal. The home secretary’s announcement commits the government to undertaking a “scrupulous” evaluation of the risks and effectiveness of its controversial hostile environment legislation, and to ensure that all Home Office policies are “rooted in humanity”. More info

Events

  • Supporting Survivors: Adapting to the Challenges of Covid -19 - Since transitioning to remote working, we have all developed new ways of working to ensure vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers continue to receive the support and the level of safeguarding they need. We want to take part in sharing new developments in best practice and continuing a dialogue within our sector so that we are all better equipped to support those who need our help. More info

     
  • Messaging Modern Slavery: expert panel and discussion - Join FLEX and a panel of expert speakers to discuss how 'modern slavery' is talked about in the media and beyond. This event is part of ongoing work FLEX is undertaking to understand and improve how the media discusses exploitation issues - join them to hear from the panellists and share your thoughts. More info
     

Job Vacancies

  • Safe Passage - Head of Campaigns and Communications - Safe Passage International is looking for a Head of Campaigns and Communications to lead their campaigns and communications strategy.  More info
 
  • Open Rights Group - Immigration Policy Manager - They will work with the Executive Director and policy team to build relationships with organisations in the immigration sector, improve these organisations’ capacity to respond to the challenges brought by the introduction of technology into immigration policy, and deliver impactful campaigns.  Deadline 22nd July 2020. More info
 
  • Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organisation
    Youth Worker and Coach – Latin American Youth Forum (LAYF) - This is an exciting opportunity to work with Latin American and other Spanish and Portuguese speaking young people (13-19 years old) and deliver a range of exciting activity programmes as well as a consistent mentoring service. You will outreach and deliver activities according to the diverse needs and experiences of the young people of LAYF. More info
     
    Trustee recruitment (volunteer positions)- They are recruiting candidates to be part of IRMO’s Board of Trustees. The priority roles looking to recruit are: Community involvement (role description here), Growth and Sustainability (role description here), Corporate and Major Donors (role description here.

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