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“It was like I’ve been blind for years, and now I can see”

By Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain. The last few weeks has been a flurry of workshops.  Some of these have been on understanding the asylum/immigration process (based on our Toolkit, a unique guide to navigating the legal process and taking action for the right to remain), such as the session last week with Rene […]

“Unjustifiable, unnecessary, punitive and unlawful”: we speak to the BBC about immigration curfews

Back in May, we shared the news that the Home Office had been routinely imposing curfews (after someone obtained release from immigration detention) without any power to do so, making the action unlawful. We helped people subject to these unlawful curfews access the legal representation they needed to have the curfews lifted, and to possibly […]

Ripples of support to form a tidal wave of solidarity

A guest post from our friends MaMA in Liverpool, ahead of their Transmutable Voices event on 12 November. There are not a lot of creative collectives whose works offers both beautiful  justice-based narratives to audiences, and has a tested method for transforming the root cause injustices in legal, governmental and social systems! When we started […]

Reimagining violence: Hannah Arendt and the bureaucratisation of life in immigration detention

This guest post by Amanda Schmid-Scott, PhD Researcher at the University of Exeter, asks: what might a re-imagining of violence reveal about the lived experience of immigration detention? This post is part of the Unlocking Detention project, which runs until 18 December. Immigration detention is defined as an administrative measure, one strategy amongst a multitude […]

Right to Remain group launches in Sheffield

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain It started with just a handful of locals, as these things often do. Like many international volunteers, Fran, who has been organising supply runs to Calais over the past year with her Unite Community branch, is turning her attention to the home front: Fortress Britain, where so many people risk […]

First of the huge court fee increases come into force

It may not surprise you to learn that, following a public consultation over the proposed hike in immigration and asylum court fees during which lawyers, NGOs and the public warned the government the fees would severely impede access to justice and threaten the rule of law, the goverment is introducing said increase as of today, […]

What does detention mean to you?

By Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain Unlocking Detention 2016 starts on Monday, and runs until 18 December.  There are so many ways to get involved (see here), to help shine a spotlight on the grave civil rights abuse that is immigration detention. One of the ways we’re asking people to join the conversation, […]

#Unlocked16 is here!

“I knew nothing about this. I didn’t know about detention” “The first time I found out about detention was when the key turned in the cell door. That was in Harmondsworth, in 2014.” The first person quoted here is a social worker who attended our event on immigration detention in Swansea in July. The second […]

Say NO to borders in schools

From September 2016 parents, guardians and carers in England will be asked to state if their children are foreign nationals. Families can refuse to answer. The UK Government has required childminders, nurseries, schools and colleges to collect country-of-birth and nationality data for children aged between 2 and 19. This policy is unnecessary, divisive and puts […]