Elena

This is not Elena’s photo.

Elena (not her real name) came to the UK in 2010, to work in a care home, which sponsored her visa. She acquired an NVQ level 3 in health and social care.

When the time came for her employer to apply for her visa extension, the UK government had changed the rules for migrant care workers and she lost both her right to stay and her job.

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Why do people need Leave to Remain now

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Open Letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is calling on both governments to create access to health and safety for all. People can sign the petition, just launched, HERE.  

#healthandsafetyforall

The Open Letter, which has been signed by 65 organisations in the UK and Ireland (see ‘Organisation Signatories’ list for updates), says it is imperative that everyone’s basic needs are met during the current Covid-19 pandemic and the only way to ensure this happens is by giving Leave to Remain to all refugees and migrants both inside and outside of the asylum and immigration system.

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Status Now 4 All – this is our call

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27 March 2020 An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of the UK and the Taoiseach of Ireland

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 *Indefinite 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.

[*The word ‘Indefinite’ was added to the call in our second letter, dated 27 March 2021: https://statusnow4all.org/open-letter2-to-the-prime-minister-of-the-uk-and-the-taoiseach-of-ireland/]

This is the letter in full below – we have not yet received an answer:

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THE UK’S PRIVATISED MIGRATION SURVEILLANCE REGIME: A rough guide for civil society

Updated 19 August 2022: Privacy International: Privacy International files complaints against GPS tagging of migrants in the UK

Privacy International files complaints with two regulators against the UK Home Office’s use of GPS ankle tags to monitor migrants, a seismic change in surveillance of individuals in the UK.

Privacy International (PI) has today filed complaints with the Information Commissioner (ICO) and Forensic Science Regulator (FSR) against the UK Home Office‘s use of GPS ankle tags to monitor migrants released on immigration bail. This policy and practice represents a seismic change in the surveillance of migrants in the UK. PI was first alerted to this scheme by organisations such as Bail for Immigration Detainees, an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK.

Read more: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4941/privacy-international-files-complaints-against-gps-tagging-migrants-uk


February 2021: Privacy International: Introduction
[…] Below, we try to provide a rough guide to how the UK’s borders, immigrations, and citizenship system tracks and spies on people, and which companies profit. The first section briefly outlines the main departments and units involved. It then describes various databases which are used to process immigration data, track people through the borders, immigrations, and citizenship system, or which are relevant because they enable forms of surveillance by law enforcement or immigration authorities. These are referred to for the purposes of this guide as the “back-end” systems.

The following section then describes surveillance and tracking tools available to officers and agencies themselves, referred to here as the “front-end” tools. A section on international operations which are used to support surveillance in the UK is provided, followed by a list of relevant other resources.

Read the report https://privacyinternational.org/report/4408/uks-privatised-migration-surveillance-regime-rough-guide-civil-society

See linked later post: See linked later post 26 May 2021: https://statusnow4all.org/is-personal-data-of-those-seeking-access-to-nhs-services-shared-with-immigration-enforcement-authorities/


and another linked post: 2 June 2021: https://statusnow4all.org/immigration-exemption-ruled-unlawful-under-gdpr/