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.

Read our booklet: The case for global free movement or order a hard copy 

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

Freedom of Movement 2.0 Party – a day to imagine a world without borders

We currently live in a dystopian world of borders. In the past couple of weeks Greece has revealed plans to install a ‘floating wall’ in the Aegean sea to deter migrants from attempting to enter Europe. Trump has announced he will expand his travel ban to citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. And Boris Johnson has deported 17 Jamaicans many of whom have been in the UK since they were children. None of this is natural, and none of this should be normal. On 15 February we will gather  to listen, discuss and dance to the utopian ideals of open borders. Join us!

If the racist Right to Rent initiative is scrapped, could it be the end for the hostile environment?

10 January 2020

On Tuesday 14 January the government is appealing the court ruling which called to scrap or change the discriminatory Right to Rent initiative. If they lose, it could be the beginning of the end of the hostile environment.

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe is a continent of walls.

11 November 2019

Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall was brought down in a euphoric rush of hope and reunification. 

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.


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.