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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, or their papers have expired.
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.

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group photos Manchester action meeting – Thurs 1st Feb - Manchester: Building the campaign, planning for action Thursday 1st February 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 ...Read More
checklist Preparing in Case of Detention: workshop, Liverpool 24 Jan 2018 - Immigration detention: Self-help and practical solidarity Liverpool, 24 January This workshop is for people at risk of immigration detention, and for people helping those at risk. Anyone who has not been granted leave to remain ...Read More
Template letter to send to your MP - This template letter, based on a briefing from the Detention Forum, can be used to raise the issue of immigration detention with your MP.  Remember, it's best to send personalised letters to your MP - ...Read More
“Here, the religion is football” - On a cold snowy night in Newcastle last week, there was a great turnout for our These Walls Must Fall training session.  There were students, activists and experts-by-experience on detention in the room - and ...Read More
This Council believes …. These Walls Must Fall! - Yesterday, Manchester City Council become the first local authority in Britain to pass a motion condemning immigration detention.  You can read the motion here. The motion, proposed by Councillor Mahadi Sharif, was passed unanimously by ...Read More
Manchester Council Manchester Council passes These Walls Must Fall motion against detention - Today, Manchester City Council became the first local authority in Britain to pass a motion condemning immigration detention. The These Walls Must Fall motion was proposed by Moss Side councillor Mahadi Sharif Mahamad, and means... Read more »

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Teo and Marineta were just another European couple working in England. But when they couldn’t find somewhere to live, instead of receiving homelessness help they were locked up in a detention centre. And that was just the beginning of their troubles with the government’s hostile environment.

Detention: expensive, ineffective and inhumane. A short film by Help Refugees about why the UK’s detention system is so shocking.

At times funny, sad, frightening, angering, this animated film explores how it feels to be locked up indefinitely in a so-called “removal” centre. View with caution: (animated) images of self-harm

Manchester human rights campaigner Aderonke Apata discusses the traumas of the British immigration system and her experiences of the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre.


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.