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Seven actions you can take for refugee and migrant rights


Last night MPs voted against five amendments which represented a little light in an otherwise dark and nasty piece of legislation, the Immigration Bill 2015-16. The amendments concerned unaccompanied children seeking sanctuary, indefinite detention, detention of pregnant women, the rights of overseas domestic workers, and asylum seekers’ right to work. See below for more details. […]

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 […]