This International Womens Day, imagine a future without detention

Women for Refugee Women has spent over three years researching the condition of asylum-seeking women in the UK and listening to their experiences. Earlier this month they released their annual report: The Way Ahead: an asylum system without detention. For International Women’s Day, we’ve summarised its key findings and honour all women raising their voices […]

My invisible prison walls become thicker every day

This testimony of the UK’s “hostile environment” comes from Sipho Sibanda, an activist and asylum seeker in Belfast. Of the piece, she says “It came from frustration, seating in a house that’s meant to be a home, feeling lonely and missing the rest of your family and knowing there’s practically nothing you can do about […]

G4S to provide child and family welfare services at new detention unit

Controversial multinational security company G4S has been awarded the contract to provide welfare services to support families and children who will be locked up in a new unit at Tinsley House immigration detention centre. In awarding the contract, the Home Office stated that G4S can provide the “same key aspects of welfare support to families” […]

Manchester, 20 Feb: One day, these walls must fall

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On Monday 20 February as part of the One Day Without Us national day of migrant solidarity, over 100 people gathered in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens for two events. The gatherings were organised by Right to Remain with local migrant groups including United For Change and Manchester Migrant Solidarity, under the campaign banner of These Walls […]

One Day Without Us: interview with Matt Carr

Monday 20 February is a national day of action – 1 Day Without Us – in solidarity with migrants, with events taking place up and down the country. In Manchester, Right to Remain is working with local migrant groups including United For Change and Manchester Migrant Solidarity to hold two events in Piccadilly Gardens (12.30pm […]

Thank you for the music (sorry. had to be done)

Sometimes you can feel overwhelmed by the hatred, fear and division that is being stoked up.  And sometimes you can feel overwhelmed by love, support, and solidarity. I guess we’re in a time of extremes, so such starkly different feelings are not surprising.  Over the last couple of weeks when we have been despairing at […]