Warning asylum seekers and refugees could be hit hardest by coronavirus

Isam is a refugee from Sudan - he's devoted to helping others in his community.

Students in Cardiff are campaigning for asylum seeker support to be increased by £20 each week, amid fears that refugees and asylum seekers will be hit hardest by the challenges of the lockdown.

In a letter signed by 60 other charities and campaign groups, STAR (Student Action for Refugees) says it welcomes the Chancellor's decision to increase the amount of financial support that people receive through Universal Credit by £20 per week, to “strengthen the safety net” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But it argues the same changes must be made to asylum seeker support, who are in "desperate need" of financial help.

'All the facilities are closed now'

With many charities and food banks closed, campaigners worry about how vulnerable groups will survive this crisis.

Mostafa usually relies on such services for food, shelter, and support with his asylum claim.

Asylum seekers receive financial support from the government in the form of weekly payments of £37.50. Limited weekly financial support also makes it harder to visit shops infrequently, adding to the challenges of social distancing.

Students in Cardiff are campaigning for refugees to receive more support.

Refugees and asylum seekers also face challenges with communication and connectivity.

Vulnerable groups often have limited internet access, which can make some of the challenges of lockdown - such as distance learning for children - even more difficult.

Charities have raised concerns that understanding the rules of the pandemic and lockdown are extra challenging when English isn't your first language.

Oasis Cardiff provides food packages to asylum seekers and refugees.

'Refugees want to come back and volunteer and help out where they can'

Oasis Cardiff gives out food packages to asylum seekers and refugees every day.

Isam is a volunteer and a refugee himself. He knows firsthand how much people are struggling

Isam is a refugee from Sudan, who is devoted to helping others in his community.

But in the meantime, refugees are working hard to help each other - and their communities.

That volunteering is Isam’s way of giving back to the community that supported him when he first arrived in Cardiff as a refugee from Sudan.

'It's a silver lining of this crisis'

Izzet Sen, known as 'Hoja' - or 'teacher', owns a Turkish bakery in Cardiff. He's been providing fresh bread for Cardiff's refugees and asylum seekers, as well as for Newport's homeless population.

It’s his attempt to lift spirits in these dark times.

Izzet Sen owns a Turkish bakery in Cardiff.

As a GP, his friend Dr Kasim knows how far even a small gesture can go.

The Welsh Government said it is working with a wide range of organisations and the UK Government to ensure the needs of asylum seekers are met during this difficult time