A year ago, I wanted to speak out on the abuses of the UK immigration system, but fear prevented me from doing so. I’m marking that anniversary by sharing how this system keeps immigrants silent.

This post is a copy of a thread I posted on Twitter.

What happened on 3 June 2020

A year ago today, I read this headline and got so enraged to the point where I felt I had to speak out on the abuses of the UK immigration system.

I wrote a 3,000-word article on the topic and then got too scared to publish it.

Here’s the story of what happened and of silence in the UK immigration system.

I’ll start by reflecting on silence in my immigration experience, and then end by talking about silence in the immigration system more generally.

Now back to that…


This month’s recap features stories of how EU citizens are treated at the border post-Brexit, and cutting off financial support to asylum seekers following a change in debit card provider.

About my monthly recaps

I’m spending 2021 doing a monthly running challenge to fundraise for the Join Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Read my blog post about why I’m fundraising for JCWI

Donate to my JustGiving page

As part of the fundraiser, I will be writing a monthly blog post on:

  • how the monthly running challenge went (on my running blog)
  • what happened in the world of UK immigration and asylum in the past month (here on Medium)

Past recaps

Now let’s get to May 2021.

Causing immigrants to lose their documented status because the system is so complex and expensive

JCWI released a report on their research into the realities…


If there’s an election for content best practices in postal voting, New Jersey is getting my vote over Scotland for its simplicity.

Voting in 2 countries

After nearly 10 years living in Scotland, I was finally able to vote in my first ever Scottish elections.

This is thanks to the Scottish Government passing a bill last year that allows foreign nationals living in the country to vote. Wales has also done the same.

Seeing as we’re in the middle of a pandemic, I opted for the postal vote option.

I’m well used to being a postal voter. I moved to Scotland at age 18…


This month’s recap features the Home Office threatening to deport a student who missed lectures while self-isolating, and attempting to deport a witness to a death in immigration detention.

About my monthly recaps

I’m spending 2021 doing a monthly running challenge to fundraise for the Join Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Read my blog post about why I’m fundraising for JCWI

Donate to my JustGiving page

As part of the fundraiser, I will be writing a monthly blog post on:

  • how the monthly running challenge went (on my running blog)
  • what happened in the world of UK immigration and asylum in the past month (here on Medium)

Past recaps

Now let’s get to April 2021.

Placing asylum seekers in housing where they are at risk of far-right attacks

Discriminating against ethnic minorities through new rule to deport rough sleepers

Continuing to send asylum seekers to unsuitable accommodation in military barracks

Rejecting an EU settlement application from someone who has lived in the UK for 17 years

Removing asylum seekers who haven’t had access to legal representation

Creating a digital-only status system for EU citizens that cannot handle name changes

This tweet tells the story of an EU citizen who changed…


This month’s recap features the Home Office planning a disastrous overhaul of the asylum system and taking 5 years to decide on a residency application.

About my monthly recaps

I’m spending 2021 doing a monthly running challenge to fundraise for the Join Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Read my blog post about why I’m fundraising for JCWI

Donate to my JustGiving page

As part of the fundraiser, I will be writing a monthly blog post on:

  • how the monthly running challenge went (on my running blog)
  • what happened in the world of UK immigration and asylum in the past month (here on Medium)

Past recaps

January 2021

February 2021

Now let’s get to March 2021.

Continuing to screw over Windrush victims

Let’s break down the story of Anthony Williams:

  • Anthony assumed he would be getting…

This month’s recap features MPs reporting their constituents to the Home Office and the Government continuing to house asylum seekers in unsafe conditions during a pandemic.

About my monthly recaps

I’m spending 2021 doing a monthly running challenge to fundraise for the Join Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Read my blog post about why I’m fundraising for JCWI

Donate to my JustGiving page

As part of the fundraiser, I will be writing a monthly blog post on:

  • how the monthly running challenge went (on my running blog)
  • what happened in the world of UK immigration and asylum in the past month (here on Medium)

Past recaps

January 2021

Now let’s get to February 2021.

Continuing to deport people in a pandemic

Screwing over Hong Kong residents who are British citizens by subjecting them to the UK’s cruel family immigration policies

This one needs breaking down:

  • The UK opened up a visa route to BNO (British…

This year I will be writing a monthly recap of news stories showing the latest cruelty of the UK immigration system.

Why I’m writing this post: fundraising and raising awareness in 2021

I’m spending 2021 doing a monthly running challenge to fundraise for the Join Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI).

Read my blog post about why I’m fundraising for JCWI

Donate to my JustGiving page

As part of the fundraiser, I will be writing a monthly blog post on:

  • how the monthly running challenge went (on my running blog)
  • what happened in the world of UK immigration in the past month (here on Medium)

I don’t want to just fundraise for an immigration charity. I don’t want to just talk about my running. I want people to understand the horrors…


I need you to understand the cruelty of the hostile environment, and then write your MP to put an end to it.

I recently posted a 114-tweet long thread on Twitter on the spectrum of hurt caused by the UK immigration system’s hostile environment. This post is a copy of that thread in blog form.

I’m finally a permanent resident

After 9 years in the UK, I’m finally a permanent resident.

If your instinct is to congratulate me, don’t. Don’t congratulate me on surviving a cruel immigration system.

Instead, I need you to:

  • read this post
  • share it
  • write to your MP to end the hostile environment

Let’s change the narrative on immigration

I have been intentionally keeping my mouth shut on this topic because I didn’t feel I had a right or…

Lauren Tormey

Content Designer. Runner. Immigrant. I write about things related to all 3.

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