Reflections on Calais

  To mark the first anniversary of the destruction of the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, Right to Remain’s Luke Butterly reflects on our recent return to the area.   We set out early on our return trip to Calais.  The time difference between the UK and France means you lose an hour when traveling over;  […]

Amid Europe’s deafening silence on human rights abuses, we’re here to speak out

By Alice Lucas @RefugeeData Alice is the Senior Programme Officer at the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP), which is dedicated to documenting human rights violations against refugees and displaced people.  The humanitarian crisis unfolding in Europe has received sporadic attention by the press and is characterised by a stark absence of larger organisations, governments and UN agencies […]

Mapping Dystopia: The Hidden Shame of Fortress Europe

By Marienna Pope-Weidemann, communications coordinator, Right to Remain @MariennaPW The Brexit chronicles began in shambles and false promises and no doubt the ending will be similar. There’s an undeniable air of surrealism about the whole thing, as evidenced by last week’s quiet revelation that the government has allocated £500 million to re-design the British passport […]

From Calais to Croydon: legal information and refugee solidarity

On Monday, we wrote on the blog about our annual gathering in Manchester on 3 September.  The afternoon part of the event included workshops on five different topics. One of these workshops was “Practical solidarity from Calais to UK”, facilitated by representatives of the Refugee Info Bus. Here, Sarah Story of Refugee Info Bus reflects […]

Calais refugee rights workshops

border fence calais

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 […]

Calais: Solidarity is not an offence

A new self-organising space in Calais is an act of resistance against the brutal measures against asylum seekers Rahila Gupta, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 4 February For all those who have been depressed by increasingly harsh measures against asylum seekers by Britain, France and other European countries, here is a glimmer of hope. The transnational No Borders […]