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We urgently need to challenge the government’s approach to immigration that sees ever tighter border controls, not only in physical form between states, but also via outsourcing border controls into every aspect of people’s lives right here in the UK.

The hostile environment

Since 2012 the government has been implementing a cruel and inhumane approach towards immigrants that involves denying them their basic needs, such as housing and healthcare. By bringing border enforcement in to every aspect of people’s lives, the government aims to make the UK a really hostile for immigrants in the hope that they will be forced leave. This is an outrageous government policy that we must fight against and ensure, instead, that the UK is a welcoming place for all.

Global free movement

It is unacceptable that the wealthy can move their money across the world with very few limits while the world’s poorest people are met with repression when attempting to move. In a grossly unequal world, we cannot turn a blind eye to the hardships people are facing around the world, nor can we simply build fences to hide from the reality of global injustices. We must fight for the rights of all people to cross borders whether it be  fleeing wars, escaping poverty or simply be closer to loved ones or taking up an employment opportunity.

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Where to get support with immigration problems

As a campaigning organisation we are unable to provide direct support to individuals needing support with problems with their immigration status. However, there are a number of organisations that provide excellent support and advice which we can recommend.

See our guide to how to access support with immigration problems 

Take action

Teresa May apologising for the Windrush scandal

Call time on the hostile environment

Tell the Home Secretary to put an end to this horrible policy for good.

MPs not border guards

MPs not border guards

Every year, MPs are turning over hundreds of constituents to immigration officials. In a democratic society, this is an unacceptable practice. Ask your MP to sign the pledge ‘MPs not border guards’.

The case for global free movement

Order a copy of our booklet: The case for global free movement

In this 12 page booklet illustrated by Jacob V Joyce we lay out the key reasons why we should be supporting global free movement. 

 

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Latest posts

6 ways to mark Windrush Day and challenge the racist hostile environment

Today is Windrush Day, marking the day 72 years ago when the Empire Windrush ship arrived at Tilbury Docks and gave its name to a generation of migrants from the Caribbean. It’s a day of celebration – but also necessarily a day of confronting injustice. Here's a reminder of why and how we can re-commit to demanding justice for the Windrush generation and demanding an end to the hostile environment for migrants, once and for all. 

Our online fundraiser to support displaced communities in Calais proves social distancing doesn't mean social apathy


13 May 2020

On Wednesday 6 May, Our Future Now (OFN) held an online fundraiser in support of the work of Calais Food Collective (CFC), an organisation providing essential food services for displaced communities in Calais and Dunkirk in France. Over 2000 refugees from various war-torn places are currently displaced in Northern France, and have found themselves in a perpetual state of uncertainty and marginalisation as European countries reject their claims to asylum.

Covid-19 in Calais – a harsher hostile environment

Displaced communities in Calais are on the frontlines of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The migrants living in precarious conditions at the UK-French border have been left without support and are facing hostility and violence from the state. I’ve been volunteering in Calais and have seen first-hand how the outbreak of coronavirus has rendered an already bleak and desperate situation far bleaker. We must stand in solidarity with migrants in Calais and everywhere.

Latest news

Responding to the vote in favour of the Immigration Bill at its second reading in the House of Commons tonight, Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now said:

“Today MPs have voted to strip millions of people of their rights. It's a shameful day for Britain.

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, which will enable the government to repeal freedom of movement and associated rights of EU nationals, is an attack on human rights. We stand against the bill and this progression of the government’s hostile environment.

Our response to the publication of the government’s immigration white paper.

Resources

These Walls Must Fall activist toolkit

April 2019
This pack is for Global Justice Now youth groups and activists to help campaign against immigration detention centres as part of the These Walls Must Fall campaign. These Walls Must Fall is a network of activists and campaigners working to end the injustice of immigration detention.