More migrants without access to public funds are at risk of dying unless immigration policies change, charities have warned following the death of a mother who was receiving no financial support due to her immigration status.
Mercy Baguma, a 34-year-old asylum seeker, was found dead in her flat on Saturday morning with her one-year-old son, who is said to have been malnourished, beside her. Police said her “sudden” death was currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious, and that the case had been referred to the public prosecutor.
The mother-of-one had appealed to a small charity for help 10 days before, asking whether she could apply for any grants to support herself and her young child because she didn’t have any income and wasn’t receiving any state support.
Campaigners warn that her death was an “inevitable consequence” of the government’s immigration policies – which they say has