Many times banks ask for a passport before allowing someone to open an account, but often asylum seekers won’t have a passport, and if they do have one then the government will likely take it while they are looking at their claim for asylum.
Restrictions on the right to work and acquire assets hamper the ability for refugees to become self-reliant. The coronavirus pandemic has made a dire situation even worse in the absence of humanitarian aid or personal income.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique challenge but also a major opportunity to highlight how refugee-led organisations are best placed to act both in emergencies and on long-term integration strategies.
It comes after fire destroyed the Moria migrant camp, which was home to more than 12,500 migrants. Its capacity was 2,700 people.
UK and French immigration ministers held talks in Paris on Tuesday after a recent surge in migrants trying to reach England in small boats.