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Right to Remain

Right to Remain

Right to Remain is a migrant-led charity working to challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system. They work with communities, groups and organisations across the UK, providing information, resources, training, and assistance to help people establish their right to remain.

Right to Remain is a small organisation with a wide reach across the UK. Their decentralised approach aims to build the capacity and empower local groups. They do this by providing support, expertise, connection, and resources, which local groups can use and adapt to meet their needs. Learning and ideas from experts-by-experience are also fed back and used to shape the work.

They provide valuable resources such as the Right to Remain Toolkit (see video above) and training to support migrants understand their rights and navigate the legal system themselves.

And through Right to Remain’s ‘These Walls Must Fall’ project, they aim to bring communities together to address the root causes of the problems people in the asylum and immigration system face. Their community organisers across the country work with individuals and grassroots organisations to develop skills, confidence, and connections, to bring about change and make local areas more welcoming.

These Walls Must Fall supports people, who have first-hand experience of going through this hostile immigraiton system, grow in their confidence and, crucially, power. Their voice, strength, grace and leadership are drawing in an increasing number of supporters and allies with whom they now challenge systemic injustice. We are proud to be building a future that protects everyone.

Eiri Ohtani, Director, Right to Remain

Connection to Esmée's strategy

Long-term outcomes
  • Migrants have improved access to legal help to exercise their rights.
  • Legislation and support ensure that migrants' rights are protected, and reflects their needs.

Right to Remain centres and strengthens voices of those with lived experience of the immigration system to build movements at local level and impact policy at a national level. Its work aligns with the Foundation's strategic goals to support organisations tackling systemic injustice and inequity.

Genevieve Ford-Saville, Funding Officer, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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