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Citizenship rights for key workers during the covid-19 pandemic

EDM (Early Day Motion) 344: tabled on 21 April 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House believes that it is unjust that, in the context of the covid-19 pandemic, many key workers are living in perpetual uncertainty about whether they can remain in the UK; expresses its gratitude to all key workers, from doctors to care workers to hospital cleaners, for their efforts in fighting against the virus and protecting the public during the pandemic; urges the Government therefore to grant automatic British citizenship to all key workers who have applied and to waive all application fees; advises that the 2004 decision to grant citizenship rights to Gurkhas resident in the UK could be used as a blueprint; and urges the Home Office to end its hostile environment immigration policies immediately and to value the contribution of all immigrants to society.