Migrant charity discuss practical help following the EU vote

PUBLISHED: 15:31 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:35 01 July 2016

Rita Chadha, from Ramfel

Rita Chadha, from Ramfel


An emergency meeting was held last night by a leading migrant charity to discuss practical help for East London migrants following the European Union vote.

The meeting, which was organised by the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (Ramfel), discussed uncertainty in the face of the referendum on Thursday evening.

Russell Whiting, chair of the migrant charity, said the country had been through tough times.

He said: “We have come through quite a turbulent three months in London and across the UK.

“A long campaign, the worst of which we had not even began to heal before the result was announced.”

Speaking to a audience of thirty people at Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford, the chair said the charity’s position was clear.

He said: “We are going to fight for the freedom of movement.

“There is a lot of uncertainty in the air but Ramfel’s position is clear.”

Currently the charity sees 150 to 200 people a week but expects the number to increase.

Leading a presentation offering practical advice to migrants following the result, chief executive Rita Chadha said people had been left feeling very uncertain.

She said: “The first thing everyone is asking is what happens to migrants that already live here.

“There is a lot of uncertainty right now and we hope this meeting resolves something.”

Following the result, the charity is lobbying the Metropolitan Police for an urgent investigation and review of the forces interaction with migrant communities.

Rita said: “The Met has seriously ignored migrant communities for so long that what they are saying now makes very little sense.

“It isn’t a equal system, a lot of stuff is getting missed”

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