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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

Yarl’s Wood women protest - Around 100 women in Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre are protesting at their continuing incarceration. Their demands are listed below. The protest coincided with a visit to the notorious centre by Shadow Home Secretary Diane ...Read More
Ten steps to getting a local council to pass a motion against immigration detention - Councils are a structure of local government and can make decisions and statements about local issues.  A motion is a request made by a councillor for an issue to be discussed at a Council Meeting ...Read More
Write to your local newspaper - A great way of raising awareness of detention as a local issue, and showing that local people are against immigration detention, is getting a letter published in a local newspaper. Although people trust mainstream media ...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
charity pot lids Your chance to support the campaign AND treat that special someone! ❤ - This weekend (9th-11th Feb), Right to Remain will be at Lush Oxford Street raising money for the These Walls Must Fall campaign! In the run up to Valentine's Day, we will be in the largest ...Read More
take action Manchester action - Back where it all began… In November 2016, These Walls Must Fall hosted their first open meetings at Cross Street Chapel, to discuss, plan and start building a new kind of local campaign against detention... 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.