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Join us in London on June 23 for an evening of spoken word, music and resistance!

As part of Refugee Week 2018, we are teaming up with Quakers in Britain, STAR, and Freed Voices to celebrate people’s resistance to the injustice of immigration detention and the ‘hostile environment’.

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People are being taken from our communities and locked up in prison-like detention centres, without time limit, with no idea of when they might be released.
Not for having committed a crime.
They just don’t have the correct immigration papers.

This is unacceptable.
This has to end.

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WHAT’S UP WITH DETENTION?

Over 30,000 people are locked up in prison-like conditions every year, with no time limit on how long they can be held. This is not for having committed a crime. It is purely because they do not (yet) have the correct immigration papers.
The majority of people detained are eventually released, but many never really recover from the trauma. It’s a terrible waste of money (£125 million a year), and a waste of lives.
Immigration detention is a wholly unnecessary, unjustifiable practice, one of the most harmful aspects of the UK’s “hostile environment” for migrants and a shameful civil rights abuse that cannot be ignored.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO END DETENTION?

A people-powered network

These Walls Must Fall is a growing network of groups, organisations, communities, people. People from all sorts of backgrounds but with one thing in common: a determination to end the injustice of immigration detention.

People are pushing the campaign through their community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, trade unions, activist groups, faith communities, student societies, sports clubs… the list keeps growing!

When you have these people, groups, organisations, communities, acting together, it all adds up to some serious people power. This is what it will take to convince the politicians that they must act to shut down the detention centres.

Get involved!

There are lots of ways that you can get involved in the These Walls Must Fall campaign.

To start off, sign up here. to show your support and receive campaign updates and alerts, national and in your area. And if you are a member of a community or faith group, a trade union, a political party or any kind of group or organisation,  see if they can add their support to the campaign.

See the TAKE ACTION page for background information and campaigning materials.

Look out for campaign news and events in your area, spread the word on social media, with the #TheseWallsMustFall hashtag, and get in touch with questions, ideas, thoughts and suggestions


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three suited men stare at a giant behind a fence outside HOME Manchester Migrant Frontiers, Hostile Detainment: creative activism. At HOME Manchester - Thurs 21 June. Two FREE events before and after the Human Flow film by Ai Weiwei. A semi-enacted political protest ‘action’, and a panel discussion. By Virtual Migrants and These Walls Must Fall.
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Screen Shot of video Gogglebox: Freed Voices reactions to Immigration Minister on ParliamentTV - The Immigration Minister was quizzed about detention by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee. The session was watched by members of the Freed Voices group, detention experts-by-experience, and we filmed their reactions and comments, ...Read More
brighton pavillion surrounded by a fence and razor wire Brighton & Hove and Cambridge City Councils say: These Walls Must Fall! - Brighton & Hove and Cambridge City Councils have just joined Manchester in passing These Walls Must Fall motions to condemn indefinite immigration detention and committing to action to build the movement to end the practice.
Opelo next to a mural with outsretched wings Support Opelo and Florence Kgari, detained in Yarl’s Wood - Opelo Kgari and her mother have lived in the UK for 14 years – since Opelo was just 13. For almost three months they’ve been detained at Yarl’s Wood detention centre, uncertain of their future.... Read more »

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What is detention?

Immigration detention is the government policy of locking up people who do not (yet) have leave to remain in the UK, or whose leave to remain has expired.

28,000 people are detained every year

and many thousands more are at risk of being detained at any time, without warning.

People are locked up in prison-like conditions

with guards, behind bars and barbed wire. This is nothing to do with any criminal offence; it’s a dark part of the immigration and asylum system. But unlike prison, people in detention have no release date to look forward to.

There is no time limit on detention

This means that when someone is detained they do not know if it will be for weeks, months, or years. Britain is the only country in Europe without a time limit.

Most people are eventually released – so why detain?

The majority of people in detention are eventually released into the community to continue their immigration or asylum applications, begging the question: why detain them in the first place?

Detention causes serious harm

Independent research has shown that detention causes harm to people’s physical and mental health. Vulnerable people deteriorate in detention, and people who were not vulnerable before become vulnerable.

Detention is outrageously expensive

The government spends around £164 million on detention every year. The human cost is immeasurable.

Detention cannot be justified

Immigration detention involves violence and fear and trauma. It is a wholly unnecessary, unjustifiable practice, one of the most harmful aspects of the UK’s “hostile environment” for migrants and a shameful civil rights abuse that cannot be ignored.