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.

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.

We are delighted that the brilliant play, The Claim, has returned and is part of Edinburgh Festival this year and indeed part of the British Council Showcase in the festival.

And we’re running a workshop in Edinburgh to tie in with the performances!

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.

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.

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The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has announced that as part of his inspection of the UK’s asylum system, he is calling for evidence on the Home Office’s use of interpreters in the asylum process.

The deadline is 13 June.

The Committee on Justice and Equality in the Irish parliament are inviting written submissions from stakeholders and interested parties on the issues of Ireland’s “direct provision” asylum system, and what can be done to address the many issues that exist within this system.

The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) are asking groups in Britain and Northern Ireland if they would consider signing a statement which asks the Committee to bear in mind the 14 ‘Key principles for justice and dignity in the asylum process’ that MASI have put forward when considering what proposals to recommend to the government.

The Home Office has confirmed that they are abandoning their target, brought in in 2014, of deciding straightforward asylum claims within six months.

We launched the Right to Remain asylum navigation board (co-developed with Dr Victoria Canning of Bristol University and Calverts design and print cooperative) in Glasgow last week.

Here, Lisa Matthews (coordinator at Right to Remain) talks to Josh at Third Works about the asylum navigation board, and the main stages of the UK asylum process (in 2 minutes!).

Since 2016, we’ve been working with Early Asylum Support Sheffield, a volunteer group who run monthly information sessions for people newly-arrived to the area, on preparing for the asylum substantive interview.