We were delighted to hear the news last week that Otis Bolamu was granted the right to remain. Otis, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo but now truly claimed by Swansea, was detained and faced imminent removal at the end of 2018.
Tempting as it is to not look back at this year, it’s important to remember the small successes, and how we’ve survived this year to fight for a better one.
It can’t have escaped your attention that there is a general election looming in the UK. You might not know this, but it isn’t just British citizens who can vote. We’ve put together some information and useful links here to help you with the democratic process.
The Right to Remain asylum navigation board is a way to understand each step of the asylum system, from application to decision. We made these boards last year with Dr Victoria Canning and Calverts press … and we only have a few copies left.
The Bail Observation Project have released a new report, based on 12 law students watching 55 bail hearings at Taylor House over six months. The majority of the hearings were conducted by video-link, meaning the person was in a room at the detention centre, while the judge, interpreter, lawyer (if there was one), friends and supporters of the individual were in the hearing room in London.
Lisa Matthews, Coordinator at Right to Remain, reflects on the legacy of the slave trade in Liverpool and inspiring anti-racist campaigners today.
A recent academic report on immigration judicial reviews provides interesting insight into the issue of when a judicial review is a good idea.
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 Khayat 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.
We are delighted to be embarking on a new chapter in the life of the Toolkit, thanks to a grant from the Legal Education Foundation.
We are really excited to be getting out and about, hearing from the people who need our resources most, and taking the Toolkit to the next level.
If you use the Toolkit, please help us by taking part in a short survey.
The newly updated Home Office guidance on conducting asylum substantive interviews makes for interesting reading.
The document presents a curious mismatch between good practice on paper, and years of hearing and seeing their behaviour in the past.