Mayor’s COVID-19 letter to people seeking asylum

Mayor Joe Anderson is writing to people seeking asylum in Liverpool to outline how they can access support and advice about COVID-19.

In the letter, which is being sent to around 1,400 people housed in the city who are awaiting a decision on their application or appeal, he writes:

“Liverpool has always been an international city and we are one of the UK’s most diverse communities. Since 2000 Liverpool has welcomed many people who are seeking asylum to rebuild their lives here.

“You make our city a better place, and we value the contributions you make as our neighbours and friends.

“I am writing to you at this difficult time, to let you know that support is available to you, your family and friends.

“It is important to us that everyone who is seeking asylum in Liverpool is able to stay safe and get help during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.”

The letter includes details of the latest advice and guidance around social distancing and hygiene.

There is information on what to do if they need to self-isolate, and links to information online, including in different languages.

There are also details of local support organisations, and what to do if they want to offer help to others in their area.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “Liverpool is made up of a rich tapestry of cultures, people of different races, religions and backgrounds – and it is really important that we reach out to them all during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide them with the support they need.

“My letter is just one element of the comprehensive programme of work that we are doing to make sure that those who are vulnerable do not go hungry and are aware of the advice and help available to them.

“The strength of Liverpool is built on its people and there are communities who came here from abroad generations ago who have made a huge contribution to city life, so it is vital that we reach out to those who are living here, for whatever reason, and offer them a helping hand.”