COVID-19: communities

Information and guidance related to asylum and migration, community cohesion, religious groups and other communities.

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Official Government information

Asylum, migration and cohesion  

The Home Office will not require individuals and families to leave asylum accommodation once their claim or appeal has been decided, in line with national guidance, with a review in June. The Home Office and Providers are to work with councils to identify new accommodation as the number of supported asylum seekers grow, including potentially in areas that have not previously agreed to dispersal. Reporting requirements and substantive interviews are also postponed for now. 

Resettlement to the UK has paused. Initial guidance from government looks at meeting statutory duties to accommodate and care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

The Home Office and providers remain responsible for the support and accommodation of dispersed adult asylum seekers, with reporting requirements and substantive interviews postponed for now. 

GOV.UK – translated guidance for self-isolation and social distancing (Arabic, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Welsh)

GOV.UK – guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection (Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese/Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Pubjabi, Urdu, Welsh)

No NHS charges can made to an overseas visitor for the diagnosis, or, if positive, treatment, of the coronavirus. 

Other useful information

Contact your regional Strategic Migration Partnership.

The Greater London Authority has developed information for non-UK nationals.

The NRPF Network has developed a factsheet on councils’ roles and responsibilities for supporting people with no recourse to public funds during the pandemic.

Doctors of the World: coronavirus advice for patients in 21 languages (in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice)

Guidance from religious groups 

Church of England: guidance on Covid-19

The Catholic Church has provided its own advice on the virus

The Muslim Council of Britain has published guidance on the outbreak

Guidance for gypsy, traveller and liveaboard boater communities 

Friends, Families and Travellers: guidance for gypsy, traveller and liveaboard boater communities on staying at home with coronavirus