The UK’s border regime already condemns hundreds of thousands of people to extreme precarity: sofa surfing, rough sleepingand illegal work. Unless urgent steps are taken, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will have disastrous consequences for undocumented migrants and others with insecure immigration status.

Public Interest Law Centre, Project 17 and Migrants’ Rights Network have today coordinated an urgent joint letter from over 50 organisations calling on local authorities to protect and support vulnerable migrants, particularly those with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) and those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, during the pandemic.

This letter follows a letter to central government, coordinated by Medact, Liberty and JCWI and sent on March 16.

We will provide updates on how local authorities are responding (or failing to respond) as the situation unfolds.