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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 the Declaration. And if you are a member of a community or faith group, a trade union, a political party or any kind of organisation, ask for it to sign the Declaration and give official endorsement 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


Latest news

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
people arm in arm at Yarl's Wood Hunger For Freedom: surround Yarl’s Wood on March 24 - A collective of grassroots groups is mobilising for a rally outside Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre on Saturday 24 March, in solidarity with the #HungerForFreedom strikers inside. Hundreds of people will surround the notorious detention ...Read More
women in the snow at the London solidarity action Hunger For Freedom day of action: one month on - This Wednesday 21st March will mark one full month since people inside Yarl’s Wood began their strike actions. On 21st February, 120 people detained at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire started a hunger strike. ...Read More
Manchester and Liverpool stand in solidarity with the Yarl’s Wood strikers - By Lauren Cape-Davenhill, These Walls Must Fall campaigns coordinator At the University and College Union International Woman’s Day rally in Liverpool last week, the These Walls Must Fall banner made its way through sunny streets ...Read More
Harmondsworth detention centre Shocking inspection report of Harmondsworth detention centre - An inspection report published today reveals the dark, unacceptable nature of immigration detention in the UK. Harmondsworth is Europe’s largest immigration detention centre, with a capacity to hold up to 676 people for the purposes ...Read More
Video: Yarl’s Wood protest at the Home Office - On Wednesday 28 February, over 200 people braved the freezing weather and took to the streets in London in solidarity with the men and women on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. They... Read more »

Worried about detention?

The Right to Remain Toolkit has information and advice to help people at risk of detention, and their friends, family and supporters.

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Briefings, info, links, reports and leaflets to download and print, or you can email to request a supply of printed full colour leaflets to distribute.

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Greater Manchester

Some people in the Greater Manchester area are getting together to start a local campaign to challenge immigration detention. If you live in the area, you can get involved…

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Liverpool

Plans are afoot in Liverpool to get the These Walls Must Fall campaign rolling. If you want to get involved, get in touch…

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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.

Over 30,000 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.