Practical solidarity in the UK asylum and immigration system

Date, Time & Location Tue 14 Jun 2016, 6-8.30pm, central Sheffield
Details Do you want to know more about how the UK asylum and immigration system works (or doesn’t work!)? Do you know newly-arrived asylum-seekers in the UK and want to know what you can do to support them? Do you want to meet others who are interested in this or are already doing this? Look no further – these workshops are for you, whether you are going through the process yourself or helping others. Most people now know about the perilous journeys refugees make in an attempt to reach a place of safety and security. Of how many that lose their lives en route, or are stranded at borders across Europe, or are encamped in squalid conditions and under constant attack in Calais and Dunkirk. A dark corner of this story is that, for the refugees and other migrants who make it to their destination – the UK – the struggle isn’t over. People seeking the right to remain in the UK are faced by a bewildering, complicated and hostile asylum and immigration system and with diminishing legal help to navigate it. The policies and procedures of the UK’s asylum and immigration system are increasingly complicated, with many people forced to navigate them alone, unable to access free legal advice and representation. These procedures can exclude people from accessing justice, and can mean that people are denied their rights, denied protection in the UK, and face forcible return to the situations of war, persecution and insecurity that they have fled. But there are important actions that the person going through the legal process, their friends, supporters and communities can and should take to overcome these barriers to justice and safety. This is Workshop 2 in this series. The workshops are free, and will be in English. Please note the Right to Remain workshops are intended for individual supporters and activists who wish to learn more and get involved with solidarity actions for those going through the asylum and immigration system. If you are from a local service provider, or have contact with asylum seekers in a professional or volunteering capacity, please contact ASSIST about their ‘Asylum Basics’ training sessions. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Venue details will be given to those who have registered to attend. Right to Remain