The Anti-Tribalism Movement conducted a research focusing on how the pandemic impacted the remittances from the United Kingdom to Somalia. Based on the findings the Movement urged the British Government for immediate actions, due to the high concerns.
Among the concerns it is presented that for quarter of the respondents the remittances have dropped to zero, while the average remittances per person dropped from £320,19 (before pandemic) to £144,58 (since pandemic). This is a shocking result as this has resulted in that 68% of the dependents say that they no longer able to afford the healthcare, nor their children’s’ education.
Regarding the support offered by the UK Government, only 44% of the Somalis are aware of the income support schemes for employed and self-employed people. This is why only 1 in 5 self-employed Somalis are planning to apply for the government’s coronavirus support scheme.
It shows therefore, that it is extremely important currently to use the media for spreading the useful information, so those groups who are more isolated can still be informed about the support that is available for them.
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