The Right to Remain Toolkit is a guide to the UK immigration and asylum system. It gives an overview of the legal system and procedures, with detailed information on rights and options at key stages, and actions you can take in support of your claim, or to help someone else. It is a website (this website!) and is also available as a book.
“The Right to Remain Toolkit helps migrants seeking to understand and defend their legal position in the UK. It is a great resource and I can highly recommend it”: Colin Yeo, immigration barrister, and founder of the Free Movement blog.
We recently asked people who use the Right to Remain Toolkit to tell us what they thought about it. Here are just a couple of the lovely things people said:
“Accessible, straightforward, accurate.”
“The Toolkit is absolutely invaluable, a literal lifesaver, and an example of how complicated information can be delivered.”
Why is the Toolkit needed?
We first developed the Toolkit back in 2011. We spoke to asylum and migrant support groups and communities across the UK and asked them what they needed. The clear message was that members of these groups needed information on how to navigate the legal process and take action to be able to establish their legal right to remain in the UK.
Since then, we have regularly updated the Toolkit in response to the changing legal process, political context and our learning about effective self-help and solidarity actions from community groups across the UK. We update the Toolkit website all the time, and we are now in the fifth edition of the book version of the Toolkit!
Understanding the asylum and immigration system, and your own legal case, is more important than ever. Cuts to legal aid (free, government-funded legal representation) mean that more and more people have no lawyer at all and are forced to navigate this very complicated system without legal representation.
Take an active role in your legal case. The Right to Remain Toolkit will help you do this. Even if you have a lawyer, it’s important to understand your own legal case – this is your case and your life and you need to keep track of what is happening and whether the lawyer is doing the things they should be. You will also learn what you and your supporters can do to help strengthen your legal case. Look out for the yellow ACTION SECTION boxes throughout the Toolkit!
Don’t try and get through this alone. Have good people around you who can support you. With people standing by you in solidarity, you are more likely to be able to keep going, and keep fighting for justice in your case.
Know your rights at different stages of the system, and know what the options are for the stage you are at. Knowing what could come next will help you prepare. The Right to Remain Toolkit will help you do this.
How to use the online Toolkit
Toolkit sections in other languages
Some sections of the Tookit (in summarised form) have been translated into other languages.
You can find all the translated resources by putting the language in at the end of the website address, for example righttoremain.org.uk/toolkit/arabic
If a page doesn’t come up, that means we haven’t got translations in that language (yet!) – see below about supporting the Toolkit.
The languages we have are listed below, click on the buttons to go to the pages.
New online resource: asylum navigation board
The Right to Remain asylum navigation board helps people understand the UK asylum process, raises awareness of common problems people face as they navigate the process, and shares survival strategies.
The navigation board, developed by Right to Remain, Dr Vicky Canning and Calverts Cooperative, was originally a “serious board game”, with a physical real-life presence. It was launched in 2018, with copies going out to asylum support groups, community service-providers, universities and local government departments across the UK.
We have responded to the Covid-19 crisis, with people no longer meeting face-to-face and attending support groups, by developing it as an online resource.
Support the Toolkit project
We are committed to keeping the Toolkit continuously up-to-date, and getting the information out to individuals and communities who need it most, free of charge. To do this we need your help.
If you work for a funded organisation and use the Toolkit, or if you can afford to help, please consider making a donation for our continuing work making sure people understand their legal case, are aware of their rights and know how to take action to secure the right to remain: