Research and Resources

NEW REPORT: The impact of COVID-19 on the lives of Latin American migrants

IRMO’s new research reveals the intersecting crises of rising unemployment, abusive employment practices, inadequate housing and increasing food poverty facing the Latin American community. This is compounded by digital exclusion and the language barrier, meaning that many find it difficult to access mainstream support. 

The lack of access to basic healthcare raises concerns about the rollout of the vaccine among the community.

Key findings:
  • Half are out of work as a result of the pandemic 
  • 1 in 7 is not registered with a GP
  • Half are experiencing financial hardship 
  • 6 out of 10 are struggling to pay rent
  • A third are facing food poverty 
  • 4 out of 10 have no internet at home, and 15% have no devices
Read the briefing here
Read the full report here
IRMO’s Research and Reports

Data Brief: EEA Migrant Assistance. Lukes, Sue and Micklethwaite, Rivka (2020)

EULAMP Briefing paper. Lessons learnt and recommendations. ‘EU-Latin Americans Mobile and Participating’ Project (2020).

IRMO Research Briefing. Children out of school in Lambeth. McCarthy, Helen (2016).

IRMO Research Briefing. Latin Americans in London: Housing Situation. McCarthy, Helen (2016).

IRMO Research Briefing. Latin Americans in London: Barriers to English Language Skills. McCarthy, Helen (2016).

Research carried out by our trustees, staff and volunteers

Gilsenan, James (2021). Exploring the experiences of recently arrived Latin American migrant parents regarding their children’s educationEducational Psychology in Practice.

Gilsenan, James (2018). “I like it here because I have to.” Migration and  Adolescent Identity Formation: Exploring the  Experiences of Students in a London School. [PhD Thesis] UCL

Lopez Zarzosa, Helia (2016). Looking Back: The Untold Story of Chile Democrático-GB

Baum, Anna (2015). Migrant precarity in London: The case of Latin Americans with Spanish passports. [Master’s Thesis] SOAS.

Jover Sala, Lola (2015). Diaspora groups, wellbeing and development: exploring the Latin American community in London. [Master’s Thesis].

Granada, Ana Lucila (2013). Latin Americans in London: language, integration and ethnic identity. [PhD Thesis] Aston University.

McCarthy, Helen (2012). New Europeans: Dual Citizenship and Mobility among Latin Americans. Migration Research Unit Working Paper, No 2012/11.

Lopez, Jose (2012). Effectiveness and Meaning of Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Latin American Immigrants in London. [PhD Thesis] University of East London.

More on the Latin American community

Khoury, Aline (2020). Key impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on migrants in vulnerability in London. Good People and Black Thrive

De la Silva, Granada and Modern (2019). The Unheard Workforce: Experiences of Latin American migrant women in cleaning, hospitality and domestic workLAWRS.

Berg, M.L. (2017). Latin Americans in Southwark: A census analysis report, COMPAS, University of Oxford

McIlwaine and Bunge. (2016). Towards Visibility: the Latin American community in London.  Queen Mary University.

Román-Velázquez, Patria and Hill, Nicola (2015). The case for London’s Latin Quarter: Retention, growth and sustainability. Latin Elephant.

Nogueira, Maria-Joao Melo, Porteous, David and Guerreiro, Sandra (2015) The Portuguese-speaking Community in Lambeth: A Scoping Study. London, London Community Foundation.

Equality and Human Rights Commission, (2014). The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practices in the Cleaning Sector. London, Equality and Human Rights Commission.

McIlwaine,Cathy; Cock, Juan Camilo and Linneker, Brian (2011) No Longer Invisible: The Latin American Community in London. Queen Mary University.

Giralt, Rosa Mas (2011) Migration, invisibility and belonging: a case study of Latin American families in the UK.[PhD Thesis] University of Leeds.

The Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK (CLAUK) has produced a number of publications. Read more here:

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization