Our Manifesto

NELMA brings together activists from across London to campaign on issues faced by migrants in vulnerable positions in our communities. We challenge injustices towards families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and coordinate a campaign against the Home Office’s policy of detaining and deporting EEA national rough sleepers.


We are NELMA (North East London Migrant Action).


What we believe

We believe that no one is illegal.

We believe in a world without borders.

We stand in solidarity with all migrants regardless of status.  We believe everybody who is here has the right to be here, work here and be decently housed.

We believe that immigration detention is unjustifiable in principle and unworkable in practice.

We believe all children deserve the same opportunities—regardless of where they or their parents were born.

We reject the distinctions drawn by politicians and the mainstream media between ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ migrants.

We reject the racist immigration controls that are creeping into almost every area of life in the UK.

We believe that NRPF—No Recourse to Public Funds—is state violence because it implies that some people are more worthy of help, support and the right to a decent life than others.

Being unable to get support from the state leaves people destitute.

It is a root cause of exploitation.

It makes it harder for women to flee domestic violence.


What we do

We support migrants with no recourse to public funds to stand up for their rights.

We do this through activism, advocacy, solidarity and mutual support.

We accompany destitute migrant families approaching social services for support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989.

We resist unfair policies and practices, including local authority gatekeeping of Section 17 support.

We hold local authorities to account for bullying and intimidating destitute migrant families who turn to them for support.


We demand

An end to local authority gatekeeping of support for destitute migrants.

The Home Office to be kept out of local authority Children’s Services.

All migrants to have access to secure housing, adequate financial support and free school meals.