In June 2019, the Home Office updated its internal guidance on conducting asylum (substantive interviews).

The guidance is a really useful document to read. Although sadly Home Office practice currently falls far short of what is supposed to happen on paper (see our news blog for more on this), it’s helpful for people to know what should and shouldn’t be happening in their interviews. When you know what is meant to be done, it is easier to challenge (either at the time, or subsequently) behaviour that goes against the guidance.

It has emerged during a judicial review brought by the organisations the3million and the Open Rights Group that hearing 60% of the requests for disclosure of data held by the government have been denied since the beginning of 2019 because of a power brought in by the 2018 Data Protection Act.

Government getting you down? Maybe today is a good day to buy a fundraising #NoOneIsIllegal t-shirt. Or sweatshirt/hoody. It’s not always going to be this hot.

As the holiday season approaches, alongside the prospect of another brief summer in the UK, those of us privileged enough to do so find ourselves arriving at airports, eagerly awaiting our escapism. But most holiday makers do not know that their chosen airport is a prison to those who want to stay in the UK.

We are very excited to announce the launch of brand new videos about the UK asylum system, a joint project between Refugee Info Bus, Right to Remain and Sara Khyat Art Work.

Based on the Right to Remain Toolkit, with translations by Refugee Info Bus and with stunning animation by Sara, these videos will help people understand their rights at crucial stages of the asylum process.

At this year’s British Society of Criminology conference, the co-developer of our asylum navigation board Dr Victoria Canning explains why we came up with the board, how it works, and why it’s so important.

This week, there’s been devastating stories of lives lost because of borders.

We will not forget them.

And we will continue working with others for change. There’s so many of us who want a better world.

We are proud to be part of this short film from Child Migrant Stories, now available on YouTube.

Child Migrants Welcome? explores the welcome received by unaccompanied child refugees both historically under the Kindertransport scheme before World War Two and today.

If you are detained, there can be big difficulties in accessing the legal advice you need to challenge your detention and/or progress your legal case.

The report argues that the existing systems of funding, contracting and auditing, which perversely protect the market position of poorer-quality providers, create advice deserts and droughts, and drive up demand and cost in the asylum and legal aid systems.