A chance to feel safe
We have officially launched our report on precarious Filipino migrants amid the UK’s coronavirus outbreak.
Our report focuses on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and associated ‘lockdown’ in the UK on Filipino precarious migrants (a majority undocumented).
The report finds that the systematic disenfranchisement of migrants through the “hostile environment” agenda has exacerbated the negative effects of the pandemic and lockdown on this group. The coronavirus pandemic has intensified and highlighted the deadly effects of the hostile environment. But it also reveals the life threatening inequalities that already existed before the outbreak.
Yesterday, Elvis die
We need a public inquiry into healthcare worker deaths in addition to coroner’s inquests
14 May 2020
Frontline NHS staff are putting their lives on the line every time they turn up to work in the fight against COVID-19.
The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) has been lobbying for weeks for adequate personal protective equipment in our Protect the Frontline campaign. Despite our efforts and multiple reassurances the PPE situation has now become dire.
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NHS Frontliners Mental Healthline
A new helpline was launched by NHS England for nurses and other frontline staff who need support with their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
To contact the NHS helpline, phone 0300 131 7000 , or text FRONTLINE to 85258.
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Story of Rose
Rose came to the UK with a visa as a carer, to work in a home for the elderly, 12 years ago. Her employer did not manage to gain an extension to her visa due to a change in the Home Office requirements for visas for migrant care workers. Rose had to leave her post in the care home but she managed to find work as a carer for individual elderly people in their private houses. She now has someone who pays her to go, ostensibly as a family friend, to look after their elderly parent in their nursing home. Rose lives with 6 others in cramped accommodation in London, all of them are undocumented.
This is now the time give Rose and care workers like her leave to remain in the UK.
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Many members of the Filipino community are frontline workers, nurses and care home workers, risking their lives to fight the spread of the corona virus in the UK, yet many of these are newly arrived in the country and under the UK’s immigration rules have no recourse to public funds if they get sick or have to self isolate.
Even more vulnerable are the many undocumented workers who have been working in care homes, in catering, in hotels and bars or as domestic workers, who have lost their jobs in the current crisis and who have no recourse to public funds. Without work they have no means to buy food. These workers often live in highly crowded accommodation, often several sharing a single bedroom. Because of their lack of legal status they are often too scared to seek medical help, even if they are showing symptoms of the virus, for fear of being arrested and put in a detention centre. There have already been deaths from the corona virus among undocumented workers in the Filipino community.