At Right to Remain’s annual gathering in Sheffield last week, we got together many of the grassroots asyum and migrants support groups we work with and shared collective learning and experiences of navigating the UK’s asylum and immigration system.

One of the topics of discussion was fresh claims.

“I’ve had my life and purpose affirmed again and again by the asylum and refugee led groups who attend and shape our annual gathering, and by having a management committee which is balanced between those who are allies and those who are experts by experience. To be amongst these people, for me, has been being deeply and truly to be amongst ‘my people’.”

lift the ban

People seeking safety in our country are banned from working. They are unable to provide for themselves and their families and often left to live in poverty. Join the campaign to #LiftTheBan!

EU Flag

In August, the government launched a trial (with NHS workers, university staff and students in the North West of England) of the EU Settlement Scheme.  However, we still do not know for certain the process for applying for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.  The process could depend on the deal that the UK agrees (or otherwise) with the EU; and subsequent legislation.

What we do know is that there are likely to be groups of people who are eligible for settled status, who do not or cannot access it.

Housing 4 all protest

As Westminster debates the new contracts for asylum accommodation, Housing4All in Belfast have written about why these contracts and conditions must be human rights compliant.

Souvenir box made by a German internee, F.P.C., at Douglas Aliens Detention camp, Isle of Man, WW1

How does wartime opposition to internment compare to local anti-detention movements today? Turns out the language is surprisingly similar…

Poster for event

Detention and the threat of detention affects staff and students, and members of the local community. It’s time to get informed, and take action.

“Whatever you do, never stay in silence, get involved, run a workshop, raise awareness and challenge to change this unjust system!’

“Did you know that the Home Office has made nearly £100 million from charging children for the right to stay in what they call a free country?”

street in the Calais camp

In September, the UK government announced a new form of leave to remain in the UK for children transferred to the UK to reunite with their families during the Calais camp clearance in 2016.