“For some of us, lockdown wasn’t new. Undocumented people are always in lockdown. We cannot fully participate in public life, in the economy, or in our communities. We cannot breathe.”
VK, ST BARNABAS CHURCH
At MigrationUK and Scottish Asylum Seekers and Refugee Action Group (SARAG) we support all campaigns initiated for the wellbeing of migrants.
Everyone including the Prime Minister is talking about Status Now!
We had hope in you Mr Prime Minister!
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has supported settling the status for everyone who calls the UK home – as Mayor of London and in his first week as PM. Sign the open letter calling on him to keep his promise and get this done: http://www.settleourstatus.org Lockdown has shown how across the country people have stepped up and supported one another. Nobody checked their neighbours’ papers when dropping off medicine or food supplies. And this support doesn’t need to end when the pandemic does. Co-sign our letter to the Prime Minister now at http://www.settleourstatus.org so our neighbours who call the UK home can settle their status and participate fully in their community, the economy, and public life. #SettleOurStatus #TogetherWeCan
STATUS NOW 4 ALL
‘Indefinite Leave To Remain’ for people who are undocumented, destitute, and those in the legal process
Who we are: The Status Now Network is a growing coalition of 100+ organisations and community action groups who are campaigning for Status Now 4 All undocumented migrants and migrants in the legal process.
What we are calling for:
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.
*Indefinite Leave to Remain/settled status #statusnow4all #healthandsafetyforall
The originating letter in full is here https://statusnow4all.org/status-now-4-all-this-is-our-call/
This is a link to updates to the Status Now call: https://statusnow4all.org/category/status-now-call-updates/
The list of ‘Organisation Signatories’ is here: https://statusnow4all.org/signatory-organisations-to-our-campaign/
Join the network: https://statusnow4all.org/join-our-network/
Why Status Now 4 All:
Everyone has the right to be in an environment where they can follow the Public Health directives necessary to limit COVID-19 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.
The current challenges faced by those who are undocumented or who have insecure immigration status in the UK and Ireland:
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.
Standing against the rough sleeping Immigration Rules
New changes to the Immigration Rules that make rough sleeping grounds for refusing or cancelling a person’s leave to remain in the UK will make the fight against homelessness more difficult than ever. Over 80 local authorities and homelessness organisations have joined the campaign – sign the pledge below to show your support.
This new policy will drive people who are already vulnerable – including victims of modern slavery – away from the support they need and will hamper efforts to end rough sleeping.
Government guidance places some limits on when the Rules should be applied, though these limitations are far from sufficient. The Guidance also highlights the central role the Home Office wants local authorities to play in implementing the Rules – including making proactive referrals.
Homelessness organisations and local authorities across England are standing against these damaging Rules and in solidarity with non-UK nationals who need our support. In doing so, we are standing for a trauma-informed, support-led homelessness system, that is trusted by everyone who needs it.
We are urging local authorities to retain their focus on supporting people out of homelessness by pledging not to refer people to the Home Office under these damaging Rules. We call on homelessness organisations and local authorities to use the form below to join our campaign.
What you can do:
- Show your support by displaying your pledge badge on social media and your website (for organisations and local authorities).
- Spread the word – use our briefing to talk to commissioners, MPs and local councillors.