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Legal challenge to detention of homeless Europeans

European nationals who become homeless in the UK are being rounded up for detention and deportation. The Public Interest Law Unit, along with NELMA, are bringing a judicial review against a Home Office policy seeking to remove EEA Nationals for rough sleeping. They need donations to pay for legal costs for this important case. The Home Office is deliberately targeting European nationals sleeping rough by detaining and deporting them. Financial support is needed to continue… Read more »

Rebalancing the scales after ‘deport first, appeal later’

Published at Detention Action Imagine moving to the UK as a young man. You find work and set up life here. You meet a British woman. You fall in love. You get married, start a family. The UK becomes your home. But things are not always straightforward. You fall in with the wrong crowd. You start selling drugs. You are caught, convicted and sent to prison. You count down the days before you will have… Read more »

ECHR finds vulnerable Zimbabwean national unlawfully detained by Home Office

By Rebeccca Carr, published by Free Movement. In a recent decision from Strasbourg, the European Court of Human Rights has found the UK Home Office unlawfully detained a Zimbabwean national. The Court found that the UK authorities had failed to act with sufficient “due diligence” in progressing the Applicant’s case, leading to him being detained for over two and a half years in an immigration removal centre. Background The applicant was born in Zimbabwe. He… Read more »

These Walls Must Fall: Sheffield

Right to Remain took These Walls Must Fall to Sheffield’s fabulous Migration Matters festival last week, as part of a two-part workshop, looking firstly at navigating the UK’s asylum system (based on the Right to Remain Toolkit) and then at an issue that affects all people seeking the right to remain in the UK: immigration detention. Preparing for our workshop on challenging immigration #detention today at Sheffield @MigMatFest #thesewallsmustfall #nooneisillegal pic.twitter.com/icXRPWVvsa— Right to Remain (@Right_to_Remain)… Read more »

A polite revolution

What makes people start caring about an issue? And what makes people go beyond just caring to doing something about it? These were some of the questions considered during a These Walls Must Fall workshop in Manchester this week, with campaigners from asylum-seeking and other migrant backgrounds. How many people would date their political awakening to being handed a flyer, or asked to sign a petition, or reading a policy report? In all honesty, very… Read more »

Liverpool

Plans are afoot in Liverpool to get the These Walls Must Fall campaign rolling. If you want to get involved, get in touch… email us

Manchester says: These walls must fall

On Monday 20 February as part of the One Day Without Us national day of migrant solidarity, over 100 people gathered in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens for two events. The gatherings were organised by Right to Remain with local migrant groups including United For Change and Manchester Migrant Solidarity, under the campaign banner of These Walls Must Fall. The afternoon rain stopped, sort of, just long enough for the lunchtime gathering at Piccadilly Gardens. Over the… Read more »

Imagine one day without us. Imagine one day without detention centres

“At 5 am I wake up sat on my bed and staring outside the window looking at the gods, praying that G4S will not come today” Monday 20 February is a national day of action – One Day Without Us – in solidarity with migrants, with events taking place up and down the country. In Manchester, Right to Remain is working with local migrant groups including United For Change and Manchester Migrant Solidarity to hold… Read more »

“We are the people who can change everything”: detention has met its match

Right to Remain’s double-bill of Manchester detention workshops seemed to, inadvertently, involve very inauspicious timings.  The first workshop in the series, on preparing in case of immigration detention, was on the day that local activist Dianne Ngoza was detained at Dallas Court (the Home Office reporting centre in Salford). Dianne is very well connected and an active member of lots of local groups, and there was a large demonstration in solidarity with her at Dallas Court on… Read more »

Preparing in case of detention

Detention generally happens very suddenly. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared. The Right to Remain Toolkit contains important information about preparing in case of detention, and they’ve been taking this information out on tour, running workshops across the UK, and hearing from groups who use these methods, on how it works best in practice, and challenges they’ve faced and overcome. If you do not have the right to remain in the UK, you… Read more »

Manchester lessons

If you are at risk of detention, it’s really important to be prepared. There are many things you can think about and get ready in case the worst happens to you. One of the most important aspects of this is having a system in place with other people, so that if you are detained, people know straight away and start taking action for you. This was discussed at the recent Right to Remain workshop in… Read more »

Shaw Review: detention of vulnerable people ‘an affront to civilised values’

Re-blogged – originally published by Detention Action on January 15th, 2016  Home Secretary’s own review finds immigration detention of vulnerable people ‘an affront to civilised values’ The Shaw Review, commissioned by the Home Secretary Theresa May, has found a catalogue of deep flaws in the identification and treatment of vulnerable migrants.  Theresa May initiated the inquiry in February 2015 following unprecedented condemnation of the use of detention by a cross-party Parliamentary Inquiry and widespread outrage at allegations… Read more »