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How do Hostile Environment policies affect mothers with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)? 

This video highlights key findings from my research into how ‘Hostile Environment’ policies, insecure immigration status, NRPF and financial precarity affect mothers’ relationships and access to support. It was funded through my ESRC postdoctoral fellowship.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the video!

To cite: Benchekroun, R. with Knowles, J. (2023) How does the Hostile Environment affect mothers with NRPF?  [video]. 

This infographic also summarises my key research findings, as in the video (above).

To cite: Benchekroun, R. with Knowles, J. (2023). 'No recourse to public funds' - how does this affect mothers in the UK? [infographic],

Useful resources:

Doctors of the World,

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI),

Migrants Organise,

Project 17,

Refugee Council,

Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment,

Solace Women’s Aid,

Unity Project,


Further reading:

Benchekroun, R. (2023). How hostile immigration policies affect mothers and their access to support,

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