About Status Now


An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of the UK and the Taoiseach of Ireland


You can sign the petition version HERE.



cc:   UK Home Secretary and UK Health Secretary,
Irish Health Secretary and Irish Minister for Justice and Equality,
All UK MPs,
All Members of the Irish Parliament (the Oireachtas),
All Leaders and CEOs of Local Authorities and Health Services in the UK,
All CEOs of Councils and Health Services in Ireland,
Professor Neil Ferguson, Imperial College, London,
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Ireland
Prof Ruairi Brugha, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, Ireland

27th March 2020 (Signatory list updated on 17th July 2020)

Dear Sirs


We call upon the British and Irish States to act immediately so that all undocumented, destitute and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland are granted Status Now, as in Leave to Remain.  In this way every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship can access healthcare, housing, food and the same sources of income from the State as everyone else.  

Everyone has the right to be in an environment where they can follow the Public Health directives necessary to limit COVID19 viral transmission to the absolute minimum and to care for themselves, their loved ones and their living and working communities.

It is imperative – being in everyone’s best interests – that the basic needs of all are met.
People living in extreme poverty and/or destitution and/or without immigration status in the UK or Ireland and/or without access to the NHS or the Irish Health System:

  • Are unable to socially isolate as needed
  • Cannot access health care, and income and other social support
  • Cannot contribute openly and without fear, to making the population as safe as possible, alongside everyone else. 

Key Points

  • Currently, migrant people who are in the legal system cannot keep physically safe on their allowances, because those allowances don’t amount to enough money to eat healthily, or buy and apply appropriate cleaning materials, and many are living in accommodation where they cannot socially isolate as they may want and need to.
  • People who are destitute and/or undocumented and living in the shadows fear what will happen to them if they identify themselves, cannot access healthcare, emergency shelter and food, nor report or seek protection from domestic violence, rape, exploitation and other abuses – levels of which are already rising.

Please direct your responses, as a matter of urgency obviously, to admin(at)rapar.org.uk

Yours sincerely,

Organisation Signatories (as at  17th July 2020)

New signatories highlighted in red
All African Women’s Group
ATD Fourth World
Asylum Welcome
BASW Cymru – British Association of Social Workers, Cymru
BFAWU – Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers Union
Bent Bars
Birmingham Asylum & Refugee Association
Black Women’s Rape Action Project
Boabab Women’s Project
Borderlands Charity
CARAG (Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group)
Central England Lipreading Support Trust
Choose Love
Communities For All
Coventry Against Racism
Croydon Refugee & New Communities Forum
Doncaster Conversation Club
DPAC – Disabled People Against Cuts
EHID – End Heathrow Immigration Detention
EYST Wales – Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team, Wales
FAF, GAF, LAFA and Feminist Fightback
GDWG – Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
Haringey Welcome
Highly Skilled Migrants UK
Iran Socialist Alternative (London)
Kanlungan Filipino Consortium,
Kent RefugeeHelp
Labour Campaign for Free Movement
Legal Action for Women
Leicester Quaker Meeting of Sanctuary
Lichfield City of Sanctuary
Lichfield Quaker Meeting
Lichfield Refugee Aid
Manchester City of Sanctuary
MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland
Medical Professionals in the UK Seeking Registration
Middle East Solidarity Magazine
Migrants Organise
Migrant Voice
Migrants Rights Network
Migrants Rights Centre Ireland
MOJUK – Miscarriages of Justice UK
MRRC – Manchester Refugee Rights Collective
No-Deportations – Residence Papers for All
No Impunity for the Congolese State – NICS
Oldham Unity
Payday Men’s Network
Positive Action in Housing
Poverty Truth Community
Project 17
Public Interest Law Centre
QARN – Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network
Race on the Agenda
RADAR – Rochdale Action on Destitution with Asylumseekers and Refugees
RAPAR – Refugee and Asylum seeker Participatory Action Research
Reclaim the Power
Sheba Arts
Stand Up to Racism
St Nicholas of Tolentino RC Church
Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association
Wai Yin Society
Women Against Rape
Women of Colour/Global Women’s Strike

You can download a word version of the Open Letter, updated on 13th July, here

Join our growing coalition of organisations calling for the British & Irish States to act NOW and grant #LeaveToRemain to all undocumented migrant people.

See ‘Organisation Signatories’ list for updates of organisations standing behind this call.

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