Delegation of the European Union to Albania

Right to self-isolation for refugees and migrants during coronavirus outbreak

26/06/2020 - 11:15
Public Health and Social Protection

During coronavirus outbreak refugees and migrants have become one of the most vulnerable groups. The project will assist migrants and refugees with food, shelter, and provide them with medical services. The project also aims to reduce risks of poverty, infection spread and homelessness by ensuring safe conditions for refugees and migrants during the lockdown.

Brief description: 

Under conditions of pandemic refugees and migrants have become one of the most vulnerable groups. Most asylum seekers in Russia had precarious part-time jobs, which is why they were one of the first to lose livelihoods. In addition to that, due to their low income, refugees and migrants usually live densely in small flats, which also increases the risk of being infected. Besides, most of the beneficiaries do not have any medical insurance which makes them exposed not only to COVID-19, but other diseases too.

This project will assist migrants and refugees with food, shelter, and provide them with medical services during the pandemic. The project also aims to reduce risks of poverty, infection spread and homelessness by ensuring safe conditions for the beneficiaries during the lockdown.

Key activities and projected results:

The project will procure and deliver food packages with basic groceries to families of refugees and migrants to support them for one month. Such measures will allow vulnerable families of migrants and refugees to sustain their living during the time of the coronavirus pandemic and comply with the self-isolation rules established in the region.

The project will distribute monetary accommodation allowances to support the most vulnerable families of migrants and refugees who are in risk of becoming homeless due to the coronavirus pandemic. The priority will be given to those persons who receive our legal support to obtain legal status in Russia, single women, single mothers and families with underage children.

Most refugees and migrants do not have health insurances and are not covered by government social support. During the project, Civic Assistance’s beneficiaries will be able to consult a general practitioner and, if necessary, will receive treatment in medical facilities in Moscow and the Moscow region. This way the project will ensure that migrants and refugees, who do not have access to the public healthcare system, obtain urgent medical assistance or medication.

Duration: 03/06/2020 – 03/11/2020 (5 months)

Total Project Budget: EUR 60 000

EU Contribution: EUR 60 000

Location/s: Russiа, Moscow, Moscow Region

Implementing Partners: Civic Assistance Committee

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