No Recourse to Public Funds – Manufacturing Destitution
Tuesday 2 November at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The ACH/MMB Seminar Series 2021 continues with a focus on the issue of no recourse to public funds faced by tens of thousands of migrants to the UK.
In 2020, research suggested nearly 1.4 million people in the UK had no recourse to public funds (NRPF), with the burden of restrictions falling disproportionately on people of colour. In last year, 82% of people helped with an NRPF issue by Citizens Advice were Black, Asian or from another minority ethnic background. With the proposed Brexit legislation and EUSS process putting even more people at risk of NRPF, this number could be expected to rise. This is a huge humanitarian issue and may also have major implications for local authorities and the labour market.
NRPF rules already means tens of thousands of migrants – as well as their British family members – face difficult choices about returning to work; destitution; huge future costs relating to their immigration status; and the prospect of loved ones being forced to leave the UK. With the number of people seeking advice on no recourse to public funds doubling during the pandemic, we will look at the affects NRPF has on migrants at a national and local level. We will also explore the findings of those working with lived experience of NRPF and discuss next steps and actions for change.
We will be joined by a panel of experts in the field of migration:
- Nadine Finch, Honorary Senior Policy Fellow at University of Bristol
- Beth Wilson, Director of Bristol Refugee Rights
- Fuad Mahamed, CEO of ACH
- Chaired by Bridget Anderson, Director of MMB and concluded by Ann Singleton, Strategic Policy Lead at MMB