Issues we work on

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Immigration and asylum

Immigration & asylum

The issue: 

Migrants and asylum seekers are often marginalised in the UK and hostile immigration policy forces many into destitution and stops them from being able to access the healthcare they need. Migrant populations in the UK are disproportionately affected by HIV. Many acquire HIV after arrival in the UK and migrants living with HIV are more likely to be diagnosed late. Asylum seekers detained in immigration removal centres also frequently become more ill as a direct result of detention. 

What we do: 

National AIDS Trust challenges unfair policies which have a negative impact on the health of people living with HIV or that out people at greater risk. We work with partners to defend the rights of migrants in the UK. We make key groups aware of their entitlement to HIV treatment on the NHS; we campaign for effective implementation of universal treatment and for people arriving in the UK to have fast access to HIV testing and treatment. 

Blog

By Tamara Manuel At National AIDS Trust we have long drawn attention to the barriers that migrants face accessing HIV-related...
NAT and BHIVA have today published new guidance to support HIV care in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs). This follows hotly...
Chris Hicks
World Health Day, organised by the World Health Organisation, is a global awareness day celebrated on 7 th April each...

Press Releases

NAT and HIV clinicians at BHIVA have produced new guidance (last published in 2009) that...
NHS Digital to end data sharing with the Home Office on immigration offences Government agrees...
The House of Commons Health & Social Care Committee has, for a second time, called...

Publications

Immigration detention and HIV: advice for healthcare and operational staff
Who has to pay?
How NHS overseas visitors charges apply to migrants and asylum seekers in England

Real Stories

"My landlady was putting on a lot of pressure to pay my rent, which I...
"Him leaving me led to them curtailing my Leave to Remain." A lot has happened...
"Social services were tossing me around." My immigration status was uncertain then. It was 1998...

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