The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on care work like never before. Care workers and other key workers have been applauded and celebrated, yet there is a looming crisis facing the care sector. British and migrant care workers have stood shoulder to shoulder through this pandemic, yet Brexit and the UK’s broken immigration system create specific risks for migrants. EU citizens rights’ have been put at risk by the EU Settlement scheme, while migrants from outside the EU face extraordinary visa fees, difficulties maintaining their status and vulnerability to exploitation.

On Tuesday 20 April join us as we discuss the risks that migrants working in the care sector face, what this means for the sector, and what needs to happen to ensure their rights are protected. 

Chaired by Nadia Whittome, MP for Nottingham East since the 2019 general election and former care worker, a role she continued part time when COVID-19 struck. In April 2020 she spoke out publicly about the lack of PPE available for care home workers, and was fired from her care work role for doing so.

Shereen Hussein

Shereen is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Shereen is a Co-Investigator and theme leader in the Sustainable Care programme of work and Co-Director of an NIHR funded Policy Research Unit focusing on commissioning health and social care in England (PRUComm), she also acts as an expert advisor to the WHO on issues related to the LTC workforce and global ageing.  She has a longstanding and influential research agenda on migration, long term care and ageing and has led several projects focusing on the drivers, motivations and experiences of migrant workers in the social care sector in England. 

Caitlin Boswell

Caitlin is EU Citizens’ Project Officer at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. She campaigns for EU citizens' rights through reform of the EU Settlement Scheme and monitoring its impact particularly for marginalised groups most at risk of slipping through the cracks in the scheme.

Kinga Milankovics

Kinga is a self-employed care provider and co-founder of the Hekate Conscious Ageing Foundation, a membership organisation that promotes sustainable, conscious living and ageing. She was previously a Researcher and lecturer St Istvan University (1994 - 2008), Hungarian delegate to the Board of the European Women’s Lobby (2008-2010) and is an active campaigner and organiser in areas of social and environmental sustainability. 

Myrna

Myrna (not her real name) has been living and working in the UK for 16 years, including as a care worker for the last two. Originally from the Philippines, she has seen the devastating and disproportionate impact of the pandemic on her community. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 she has been intensely afraid of getting ill and of losing her job, and as an undocumented migrant she lives in constant fear of being reported to the Home Office. She will be speaking about her experiences of working through the pandemic and the need for urgent policy reforms to protect all workers, no matter where we're from.

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