In the latest in our series, our management committee member Catherine Hurley talks about her experience with, and resistance to, the UK’s ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies.  

To mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of Campsfield, the Close Campsfield campaign is organising special events and a big demonstration on 22 and 24 November.

Hundreds of people are being made take routine 40-mile trips for Home Office meetings that can last as short as two minutes, as part of their asylum and immigration claims.

On Monday the Home Office announced that it would fully scrap a secret arrangement that allowed it to access patient’s NHS data without their permission.

This is an important victory against the ‘hostile environment’.

We’ve made this short video to show you how to use the online version of the Right to Remain Toolkit.

The government has just announced that Campsfield detention centre (near Oxford) will close by May 2019!

“This is a big step forward for the anti-detention movement, after years of hard campaigning by many, with experts-by-experience at the fore.”

“In response to peaceful protest, the Home Office resorted to using the military to enforce the brutal policies of the Hostile Environment.”

Home Office now using military base for deportation flights.

Tienga Ngale is co-chair of the Right to Remain management committee. Here he writes about how the support he has given to and received from different communities kept him going through his most difficult situations.

Seeking asylum in the UK can be a difficult process. People often feel that they are alone or isolated. It can be a long period of uncertainty.

With Dr Victoria Canning (of Bristol University), we have developed the “Right to Remain asylum navigation board”. 

If you have claimed asylum, and do not have anywhere to live and/or money to support yourself (you are “destitute”), you may be entitled to  “asylum support”.  This is administered by the Home Office and includes housing – if needed – and basic living expenses.