“A place where one can be forgotten for a long time” – on the closure of The Verne

(Image credit: Unlocking Detention)   Last week, the government quietly announced that they will be closing the Verne – one of the nine immigration ‘removal’ centres (IRCs) sprawled across the UK. (Learn more about all of the UK’s sites of detention by following the Unlocking Detention project, an annual virtual tour of the UK’s detention […]

We are recruiting new Management Committee members!

Do you want to be part of the movement for migrant rights in the UK? Do you have the skills and experience to help a small national organisation continue to punch above its weight? Right to Remain is seeking to recruit volunteer board members for our Management Committee. We are looking for people with the […]

Patients not passports!

This Saturday, there will be actions in London, Manchester and Newcastle to protest the introduction of immigration checks in the NHS. The Minister for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has brought in a policy of passport checks for all patients accessing NHS services and demanding upfront payment from people who don’t qualify for free care. As health professionals […]

Our 2017 annual gathering: caring communities and beautiful futures

On 10 September, Right to Remain held its annual gathering in Liverpool.  We were joined by groups and individuals from across the UK, to share information, learning, inspiration and hopes and fears for the year ahead. This year, groups from Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Gateshead, Sunderland, Hartlepool, London, Bristol, Nottingham, Coventry, Brighton, Sheffield and more […]

Video: the UK’s detention system explained

Immigration detention is one of the most harmful aspects of the UK’s asylum and immigration system.  It’s immoral, and unjust – it prevents people from being able to access their rights. It divides families, damages communities and is the sign of a sick society. Find out the basic facts about detention in this great little […]

Detention is violent, harmful and immoral – our response to the BBC Panorama revelations

Tonight, BBC Panorama broadcast undercover footage filmed in Brook House detention centre.  The footage was extremely upsetting – showing staff verbally abusing people in detention in very vulnerable situations, and reporting their own physically abusive behaviour.   The programme showed just how dehumanising detention is – of both those detained, and those that work there.  “If […]

Asylum, finally, for Aderonke

Our dear friend Aderonke Apata has FINALLY been granted refugee status, after years of fighting for justice.  All along the way, she has fought for the rights of others – for asylum rights, for LGBT+ rights, for human rights.  She is a true inspiration. The news was broken publicly in Attitude today, stating: A Nigerian […]

Right to Remain annual gathering: Liverpool, 9 September

Join Right to Remain at our 2017 annual national gathering, where we will be bringing together brilliant people from across the UK to share ideas, challenges and opportunities and plan how we can be strong and successful in the year ahead. This is a chance to meet many of the asylum and migrant support groups […]

New resource from NACCOM on hosting asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants

The no accommodation network NACCOM has launched a Hosting Toolkit, a comprehensive resource for hosting schemes that accommodate destitute asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. Read the Hosting Toolkit here What is hosting? The Hosting Toolkit explains: Hosting is simply where someone offers a room in their house to someone in need.  There are many categories of migrant […]