Project 17

NRPF during the COVID-19 pandemic

Along with 20 other organisations, we have written to the Home Secretary to request the immediate suspension of the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) system in its entirety for the duration of this public health emergency.

The NRPF system enforces destitution by preventing vulnerable migrants from accessing the safety net of welfare support. Migrants with NRPF were at high risk of homelessness, exploitation and abuse before the COVID-19 outbreak. Their circumstances have been made even more difficult by the pandemic and the 'lockdown' measures imposed to slow its spread.

The Government must take urgent action to ensure everyone can access the support they need during this crisis, regardless of immigration status.

Read the full letterĀ here.