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Call for Action to Protect Musicians Jeopardised by Hostile Environment Policies

The MU is concerned at the growing impact of the Government’s hostile environment policies which are jeopardising musicians’ opportunities to work.

Published: 04 July 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:29 PM
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Since the Conservative Government introduced its hostile policies, musicians seeking to work in the UK are enduring humiliating application processes and visa applications have been delayed or refused forcing musicians to cancel work.

These are the same policies that have seen long-term residents of the UK, including members of the Windrush Generation, denied healthcare, the right to work and even detained or deported.

Bumi Thomas, a musician born in the UK, faces deportation and being separated from her family and friends because of a little-known change to Home Office legislation.

You can find out more about the issue and support Bumi by signing the petition here.

In another example, two young blind Indian musicians due to arrive in Scotland as part of a UK/India cultural exchange programme set up by the UK Government, have been refused entry into the UK.

Their non-disabled colleagues, who were supporting them, were granted entry. The Home Office refused the visa applications of these two young disabled people due to their economic and family circumstances.

A petition has been set up calling on the Home Office to reverse their decision. You can sign the petition here.

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