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COVID-19 ‘exposes damaging immigration policies’ – report | UK News

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on migrants who have limited or precarious status, according to a new report.

About 75% of the migrants surveyed said they had difficulty paying for their food during the pandemic, while half could not afford toiletries and cleaning supplies.

Of those who needed financial support, 64% could not access it.

The results are part of the Building Resilience project, a partnership between Migrant Voice, Refugee and Asylum Participatory Action Research and Kanlungan Filipino Consortium.

Angelina, not her real name, came to the UK over a decade ago to work and settled after having her first child here.

As a result of the pandemic, she lost her job – her only source of income.

The inability to access public funds forced her to depend on charitable and community initiatives, notably the Kanlungan Filipino Consortium.

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Migrants in a number of visa categories are barred from accessing public funds

Despite this, she said she and her five-year-old often had to go without food during the pandemic.

She told Sky News: “I’m scared for my life, I’m scared for my son’s life and I’m scared of how we’re going to survive each day.

“I’m really stressed out about what’s going to happen in the future if we stay like this.

“All I know is that I have to find a job. This is my first concern: to find a job so that we can make money and then we can live from day to day without worrying about where to find. what food to put on our table and feed my son and where I will find the things to support him. “

Many others have shared similar stories, including Nadia, which is also not her real name.

Nadia fled India with her two children, due to religious persecution.

Her eldest daughter became destitute just before the first lockdown began, forcing the family to stretch the limited resources and help they were receiving.

Nadia told Sky News: “It happened at a …

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This notice was published: 2021-06-04 20:17:00

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