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On gloriously sunny Saturday 14 May, These Walls Must Fall campaigners from Manchester, Liverpool and West Yorkshire joined forces with others in Durham to say NO to the new immigration detention centre in Derwentside.

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Today is our Coordinator, Lisa Matthew’s last day at Right to Remain. For 11 years, Lisa has been our inspiration and energy that made everything at Right to Remain possible.

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The government has announced plans of ‘offshoring’ which will send some people seeking asylum in Britain to Rwanda where their asylum claims will be processed.

Many legal experts have expressed their concern over the legality of this provision. It is also expensive: it is reported that the Rwandan trial, which will target single men, will cost £120m.

Of course, morally, this is unacceptable.

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Yumna has started at Right to Remain this week as our new legal education officer. Yumna will be working on our resources about the asylum and immigration system, including the Right to Remain Toolkit. She will be delivering our legal workshops and working with asylum and migrant groups across the UK.

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Right to Remain is delighted to announce that Eiri Ohtani will be joining the organisation as our new Director.

Eiri has over twenty years experience in the migration sector, covering a wide-range of roles. Eiri previously set up and ran the charity Asylum Support Appeals Project, and is well-known for setting up and running the Detention Forum for ten years.

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Exciting times for Right to Remain – we are looking for three brilliant people to work with us! We are recruiting a Director; a Legal Education Officer; and a These Walls Must Fall organiser (Liverpool).

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Seeking asylum in the UK as a woman can result in legal and practical struggles to establish the need for protection as a refugee. This blog post will explain the key struggles faced and how the Home Office have applied assistance over the years to female immigrants, whilst also discussing the problem areas that still remain today.

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Our Management Committee member, Hyab Yohannes, considers what it would mean to “Decolonise Asylum” – countering the exclusive practices of othering, bordering and ordering.

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Leah Cowan’s Border Nation (published by Pluto Press) is a short, sharp, incisive analysis of the colonial origins of borders, the violence of immigration control and the profit motive driving so much of immigration policy and practice.

There are quotable lines on every page of this short book, which manages to dig deep into the issues and link up weighty ideas while still being very accessible.

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Today we have launched the new look Right to Remain Toolkit – our step-by-step guide to the UK asylum and immigration system!