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Migrant Rights Groups Call for Full Amnesty for Survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire

Migrant rights, race relations, and community groups have signed an open letter calling for full immigration amnesty to all survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who do not have regularised immigration status.

Forty organisations including Liberty, the Runnymede Trust, the Institute of Race Relations, and Asylum Aid have signed the petition, calling on the UK government to offer full and indiscriminate amnesty, also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’.

In the month that has followed the Grenfell Tower fire, politicians including Sadiq Khan, David Lammy and Diane Abbott have openly called for full amnesty for migrant survivors. Despite this, the UK government have only offered a 12-month amnesty. While this concession recognises the necessity for amnesty, the letter voices concern that temporary amnesty could lead to migrant survivors facing deportation at a later date, and may still leave survivors too fearful to come forward to access the support needed to rebuild their lives.

Kathryn Medien, a member of Radical Housing Network who organised the letter, has said that, “the letter is an attempt to draw necessary attention to the urgency of amnesty and highlights the failure of the government to address this issue in a sustained and long-term way. The Grenfell Tower tragedy was preventable, it was the result of systematic failures by local and central government to provide adequate and safe housing. Migrants should not be punished for these failures.”

Notes to Editors

Radical Housing Network is a London-wide network of campaigns fighting housing injustice.  Grenfell Action Group is a member of the Radical Housing Network. 

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Open Letter: Migrant Rights Groups Call for Full Amnesty for Survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire

We, the undersigned, demand that the UK government immediately offers full immigration amnesty – known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’ – to all survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire who do not have regularised immigration status.

 

The Home Office have given assurances that they are not conducting immigration checks on the ground, and have offered a 12-month immigration amnesty to survivors. However, this offer doesn’t go far enough.

 

While the government has announced all survivors of this tragedy are eligible to be rehoused irrespective of immigration status, we know of several undocumented survivors too fearful to come forward. These migrant survivors are concerned they will be later detained and/or deported. This is confirmed by advisors on the ground who report that individuals continue to sleep rough, rather than receive the vital support they need to rebuild their lives.

 

This is also adding further complications for emergency services to find remaining survivors – the residents of 24 flats remain unaccounted for. Further, it is leaving families and friends in persisting anguish about their loved ones. If the UK government is truly committed to finding and supporting remaining survivors in the most timely manner, it should provide an amnesty offer that will enable all survivors to come forward.

 

We fear that this preventable tragedy could be used to deport and detain migrant survivors who have already suffered loss and trauma on an unimaginable scale. We demand full and indiscriminate amnesty and refuse to allow Theresa May’s government or any other public authority to further punish the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.

 

Radical Housing Network

Haringey Migrant Support Centre

Migrants’ Rights Network

SOAS Detainee Support

Movement for Justice

Global Justice Brighton & Hove

Global Justice Worthing

The Unity Centre Glasgow

Unite Hotel Workers Branch

Global Justice Bexhill and Hastings

Unite Restaurant Workers Branch

Against Borders for Children

Good Law Project

Akwaaba

Haringey Anti Raids

Docs Not Cops

We Will Rise

Left Unity

Leeds No Borders

JUST Yorkshire

Runnymede Trust

Global Justice Manchester

Institute of Race Relations

Asylum Aid

Migrant Voice

No Deportations – Residence Papers for All

Bail for Immigration Detainees

Liberty

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

London Welcome Project

Centre for Research on Race and Law

No One Is Illegal

Redbridge Equalities & Community Council

Miscarriages of Justice UK

Camden Law Centre

Hackney Migrant Centre

DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield)

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group

Latin American House

Global Justice Sheffield