Like campaigning and organising, direct support is a source of power for migrants and refugees
While we organise to change unjust systems, we need to be there for people currently subjected to the Hostile Environment. In addition to the maze of complex immigration rules, immigration enforcement has spread into everyday experiences. Basic tasks like opening a bank account or renting a place to live have become impossible for many migrants.
People fleeing from war and displacement face further insecurity and trauma in the UK. Cuts to legal aid, lack of effective representation, indefinite detention, unjust welfare systems and expansion of the immigration controls into public services including the NHS contribute to growing destitution, poor mental health and isolation.
Adilia, one of our members, shares her experience of life in lockdown and how our Community Programme activities are helping her stay busy.
Moromoke first joined Migrants Organise in 2016. After years trapped in a cruel immigration system, she was struggling to feed her family after the death of her husband. This is what she has to say about the Community Programme.