UKLGIG presented evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Covid-19 inquiry in a joint submission with Asylum Matters, Detention Action, Doctors of the World UK, Freedom From Torture, The No Accommodation Network, Refugee Action, Refugee Council, and the Scottish Refugee Council.
People in the asylum system are among those in our society most at risk of suffering due to the many consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the result of the trauma and vulnerability which led them to claim asylum in the UK; compounded by the isolation and deprivation directly caused by a frequently dysfunctional and inadequate asylum system.
In our submission, we called for action and clear communication from the Government, and the Home Office as the lead department, to adapt the asylum system to serve public health requirements and the needs of people within it.
We set out a number of recommendations which we believe the Government must urgently address in order to safeguard public health and ensure people in the asylum system and those with no recourse to public funds are safe and supported, and their wellbeing and immigration status are not adversely impacted during the pandemic.