Detention expansion by stealth, at the UK’s unknown sites of injustice


Despite being signed up to a reform agenda that involves reducing immigration detention, this summer the government has quietly expanded bed spaces at Brook House and Tinsley House detention centres, near Gatwick Airport. As Ali McGinley of AVID wrote to for the Detention Forum: In Stephen Shaw’s substantive review of detention earlier this year, it […]

Unlocking Detention 2016: be part of shining a spotlight in the shadows


Every year for the past three years, Right to Remain has helped to run an innovative and participatory social media project that raises awareness of immigration detention in the UK – it’s called Unlocking Detention (or “Unlocked” for short). Unlocking Detention is a ‘virtual tour’ of the UK’s immigration detention estate – and of the […]

Right to Remain gathering 2016: Manchester, 3 September

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It’s that time of year again! It’s not long until Right to Remain’s annual gathering, which this year is in central Manchester, on Saturday 3 September (11am to 5pm). As in previous years, the gathering will be an opportunity to meet, share with and learn from activists and groups from across the UK who are […]

Right to Remain is recruiting a Communications Coordinator!


We think it’s probably a complement that many people assume Right to Remain is about five times the size it actually is.  The reality is that for many years, we have operated with just two members of staff – with the help of a fantastic volunteer Management Committee, other volunteers, our supporters and the incredible […]

Byron burgers: legality, morality, humanity


“[A] kitchen worker said staff at his branch were told the meeting was about “a new hamburger that they were going to start selling”. The Guardian, 28 July This week, Byron burger restaurant has hit the headlines after arranging a fake meeting in order to shop its undocumented workers to the UK Home Office.  35 […]

These Walls Must Fall


By Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain. On a beautifully sunny day in South Wales last week, we held an event with Swansea City of Sanctuary on the dark topic of immigration detention. Michael@Right_to_Remain: 'Detention a dark issue but campaigners shining a light where govt want kept in shadows' — Detention Action (@DetentionAction) […]

Right to Remain Toolkit now available in hardcopy print version!


Earlier this year, we launched the online version of our brand new Right to Remain Toolkit.  The money to create the Toolkit came from public donations to our crowdfunding appeal, and we are very grateful to all the individuals who helped make this project a reality. At Right to Remain we receive no government funding. […]

The encroaching border: international students


A guest post by Marina Burka, Fulbright Scholar from the United States and MRes (Master of Research) student at the University of Glasgow.  This is the first in a series of posts by Marina. The Immigration Act 2016 builds on measures implemented in the Immigration Act 2014 to further incorporate ordinary British citizens into performing […]