Who we are
Campaigners for migration justice
NCADC is a national human rights organisation, founded in 1995, which supports community-led campaigns for justice in the asylum and immigration system, with a focus on supporting people's campaigns for their right to remain. We are the only national organisation in the UK with this focus.
At the Annual General Meeting in October 2013, members voted to adopt a new name for the organisation: Right To Remain. Read more about that here...
We currently have two full time workers, supported by a small team of volunteers. The organisation is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, managed by a voluntary Management Committee, and we are in the process of applying to register as a charity.
NCADC's work is supported only through grants from charitable trusts, and donations from the public.
What is campaigning?
Immigration and asylum applicants face significant legal and procedural barriers to securing their right to remain. A campaign is a series of actions taken to overcome these barriers. It can be very public or relatively private, and includes practical assistance, moral support, advocacy, help with the legal process and more. Read more about campaigning for the right to remain in our campaigning toolkit.
Why campaign for individuals?
We support campaigning in individual cases because it works: it can overcome the barriers to justice, and win the right to remain; and it can produce other benefits for the individual and the wider community too.
We repeatedly witness the positive impact of an individual or family taking some control back over their situation, by campaigning for the right to remain. Campaigners feel empowered by speaking out and bearing witness to injustice, by feeling the support of those around them, their community, and wider supporters of a campaign who they may never meet.
The asylum and immigration system does not place a high value on the voices of migrants: on the contrary, it is a system that at times silences, at others twists the words of applicants in order to refuse their cases and categorise them as incredible. Individual campaigning is an opportunity for asylum seekers and other migrants to control their own story.
Read more here.
What we do
Supporting individual campaigns for the right to remain
NCADC can provide free and confidential information about campaigning to stay in the UK: we can give advice on the benefits and risks of a public campaign, campaign strategies, non-public campaigning options, and we can help publicise a public campaign. NCADC cannot provide legal advice, or run a campaign, but we can provide you with the tools you need to campaign. For more information, contact us.
In 2012 we published the first edition of our Campaigning Toolkit - an aid to understanding the asylum and immigration systems, and campaigning for the right to stay. The Toolkit is a comprehensive printed and online resource for people at risk of removal, and the groups working to support them.
The most effective campaigns are those that have an active community or support network behind them. NCADC can deliver training sessions to help groups to support and campaign for people fighting for justice in their cases.
Our training is based on our Campaigning Toolkit and uses interactive exercises and discussion to explain the asylum and immigration system, and working together to campaign for an individual's right to remain. For more information, please get in touch.
NCADC works with other campaigners, activists and organisations to raise awareness of injustices in the asylum and immigration systems, and human rights issues. We facilitate the Young People Seeking Safety network. We support campaign against destitution, immigration detention and the securitisation of the asylum and immigration system. We campaign against the use of charter flights to deport people en masse, particularly to war-zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and torture-states such as Sri Lanka.
We provide an information service through email newsletters, our website, blog pages, Facebook and Twitter. Our COI website is a repository of country of origin information to support asylum applications and campaigns. Through the information service we seek to raise public awareness of injustice in the immigration and asylum system, as well as providing resources for people campaigning for the right to stay.