Asylum, finally, for Aderonke

Our dear friend Aderonke Apata has FINALLY been granted refugee status, after years of fighting for justice.  All along the way, she has fought for the rights of others – for asylum rights, for LGBT+ rights, for human rights.  She is a true inspiration. The news was broken publicly in Attitude today, stating: A Nigerian […]

Video: Preparing for the asylum interview

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In Sheffield every month, Right to Remain runs information sessions with the Early Asylum Support group, to help newly arrived asylum seekers to prepare for the asylum interview. In this short video, Patricia explains why she thinks it’s so important. The interview can be very difficult and stressful, and there’s much can go wrong. But […]

Unsettling refugees: over seventy organisations call on Home Office to allow refugees to rebuild their lives in the UK

On 9 March 2017, new Home Office guidance on refugee leave to remain was issued. Previously, people recognised as refugees in the UK were granted five years’ refugee status or humanitarian protection. After this, they were able to apply for permanent settlement (“indefinite leave to remain”) in the UK. The granting of permanent settlement was […]

Learning, friendship and solidarity blossom in Sheffield

In Sheffield this month, Right to Remain and a new local volunteer group, Early Asylum Support, ran the second in our new programme of information sessions for newly-arrived asylum seekers. The sessions are focused on the crucial first steps of the legal process, and in particular the asylum substantive interview.  The content is based on […]

“Unjustifiable, unnecessary, punitive and unlawful”: we speak to the BBC about immigration curfews

Back in May, we shared the news that the Home Office had been routinely imposing curfews (after someone obtained release from immigration detention) without any power to do so, making the action unlawful. We helped people subject to these unlawful curfews access the legal representation they needed to have the curfews lifted, and to possibly […]

First of the huge court fee increases come into force

It may not surprise you to learn that, following a public consultation over the proposed hike in immigration and asylum court fees during which lawyers, NGOs and the public warned the government the fees would severely impede access to justice and threaten the rule of law, the goverment is introducing said increase as of today, […]