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Legal Aid residence test found unlawful and discriminatory

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In a humiliating ruling in the Supreme Court, the government has yet again been found to be acting unlawfully and with unjustifiable discrimination, this time by planning to introduce a 12 month residence test for legal aid. Seven justices of the highest court in the UK unanimously found, after a very short deliberation, that the […]

A price-tag on love, and a ban masquerading as a rule

A guest post by Sonel Mehta, Founding Trustee of BritCits. On 9th July 2012, the government brought in family immigration rules so divisive that the UK’s immigration policy is now the least family friendly in the developed world.  We have a price tag on love for those wishing to sponsor a foreign partner, and block […]

Glasgow: a city rich in solidarity and action

Just before the Easter weekend, we took part in the Refugee Campaign Day hosted by Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), and Glasgow Refugee and Asylum Seeker Solidarity (GRASS) at the University of Glasgow. Photo: Independence Live The day was opened by some great short speeches, representing the university, NGOs and campaigners.  Amal Azzudin […]

Campaigning for change and insecure immigration status

By Lisa Matthews, coordinator at Right to Remain. This week, I ran a workshop with a migrant support group in Liverpool.  Many of the group’s members are survivors of gender-based violence or persecution, and most of the members do not yet have secure immigration status. As well as supporting each other – using mutual aid […]

CARDIFF: workshop on mutual aid, self-help and seeking the right to remain


The policies and procedures of the UK’s asylum and immigration system are increasingly complicated, with many people forced to navigate them alone, unable to access free legal advice and representation.  These procedures can exclude people from accessing justice, and can mean that people are denied their rights, denied protection and/or security in the UK, and […]

Country Information: unreliable evidence

“totally lacking credibility … an undergraduate would be failed for this sort of thing.” An independent inspector’s report has criticised the use of country information by the UK Home Office in asylum applications. The comments were made in a damning review of the current country information used by the Home Office to make decisions on […]