Fortress UK

5 MARCH 2021

For Spring 2021, we are publishing a series of articles and interviews on recent changes in UK asylum policy and law.

We begin with the basics of asylum law, explained by Clara Connolly.

We talk to Bridget Chapman of Kent Refugee Action Network, a charity that for the past eighteen years has worked to help asylum seekers arriving in southeast England. KRAN’s work has become much more difficult in recent months since the UK Government started using a former army camp to accommodate asylum seekers.

In ‘How to seek asylum in the UK’, we explain the process of applying for asylum as simply as we can.

And we talk to Sonia Lenegan of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association about what immigration lawyers do, and how they’ve dealt with the UK Government’s recent ‘activist lawyers’ rhetoric.

We will have more in the coming weeks, talking to asylum seekers who have been in the camps, as well as to activists, charities, and lawyers.

Image: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heathrow, one of the hotels used as contingency accommodation during the Covid pandemic. See our interview with Hannah Marwood of Care4Calais for more.