My invisible prison walls become thicker every day

This testimony of the UK’s “hostile environment” comes from Sipho Sibanda, an activist and asylum seeker in Belfast. Of the piece, she says “It came from frustration, seating in a house that’s meant to be a home, feeling lonely and missing the rest of your family and knowing there’s practically nothing you can do about […]

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. […]

“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 […]

Irregular migrants: the moral obligation of the state

By Alexa Sidor, Right to Remain volunteer. Irregular migration is hard to quantify, as by definition it is not officially recorded.  Irregular migrants are people who owing to unauthorised entry, breach of a condition of entry, or the expiry of his or her visa, lack legal status to stay in the UK and estimates suggest […]

Students (and academics) stand up to the encroaching border


Xenophobic Immigration Bill The new Immigration Bill, described by one politician as “the most racist piece of legislation that this country has witnessed since the 1960s… aimed at setting up a regime of harassment for migrants”, will affect international students more than any other group as they already make up 75 per cent of those […]