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Asylum in the UK: ‘room for improvement’ is putting it mildly

At Right to Remain, we’re always out and about across the UK, meeting with and running workshops for the groups in our network.  This means a lot of train journeys.  Luckily it provides some time to catch up on reading, like the report by the Independent Chief Inspector on the Home Office’s Asylum Casework released […]

“To Restore Hope to People”: Detention debated in the Immigration Bill, House of Lords Committee Stage

Reblogged from the Detention Forum Committee Stage in the House of Lords on Monday 1st February 2016 was the first opportunity Parliament had to consider the Immigration Bill and immigration detention since publication of the landmark Shaw Review. Lord Roberts of Llandudno eloquently explained what was at stake regarding UK immigration detention: “We have responsibility […]

Immigration detention of vulnerable people ‘an affront to civilised values’


Re-blogged – originally published by Detention Action on January 15th, 2016  Home Secretary’s own review finds immigration detention of vulnerable people ‘an affront to civilised values’ The Shaw Review, commissioned by the Home Secretary Theresa May, has found a catalogue of deep flaws in the identification and treatment of vulnerable migrants.  Theresa May initiated the […]

Light vs dark, humanity vs inhumanity: Unlocking Detention 2015

This piece, written by Lisa Matthews of Right to Remain, was originally published by Open Democracy 50:50. Life in UK’s indefinite immigration detention regime evokes the ‘barbed wire disease’ experienced by ‘enemy aliens’ interned during the World Wars. We must learn from our past to end detention. 2015 was a significant year for challenging immigration […]

Calais refugee rights workshops

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Last week, Right to Remain ran some ‘know your rights’ workshops in the Calais refugee camp known as the “jungle”. Calais is an historic port town on the Côte d’Opale, just 26 miles from the Kent coast, and the first thing any visitor will notice is miles and miles of high fences, topped with razor […]

Diary of a Dungavel Detention

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Alison Phipps. Alison is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, and Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) and is a member of Right to Remain’s management committee. Friday May 8th 2009 11am: The colleague opposite me was talking […]

Strategic Legal Fund – for vulnerable young migrants

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The Strategic Legal Fund awards grants to fund strategic legal work in any area of law where vulnerable young migrants experience disadvantage or discrimination as a result of migration status. It only supports work which has a reasonable prospect of making changes to law, policy or practice which will benefit a significant number of young […]

“They want us to imprison and deport ourselves”

This post was written for Unlocking Detention by Stuart Crosthwaite, Secretary of the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG), with thanks to the refugees and asylum seekers quoted here (some names changed) and to John Grayson whose ‘academic activism’ contributed to this article. This post was published as Justice Gap‘s #Unlocked15 article of […]

“Like snakes and ladders. But just snakes”

This blog post was written by Lisa Matthews, Right to Remain coordinator.  This week, we returned to one of our most frequent destinations – Manchester.  Manchester has a remarkably active and vibrant asylum/migrant support and campaigning scene, and it’s always great to hear what’s happening locally and share what we’ve learnt from groups in other […]