Thursday July 15
Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and... your town?
Refugees and migrants demand equality, dignity, respect. The immigration bail reporting system is an assault on these values. We are calling for an end to mandatory in-person reporting. Joins us, outside your local reporting centre! Details coming soon...Abolish Reporting campaign
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.
They just don't have the correct immigration papers.
This is unacceptable.
This has to end.
Manchester pledges to take on the hostile environment!
Manchester migrant campaigners pledge a united fight to resist the hostile environment, and build stronger, united communities!read more
Sheffield Refugee Week Day of Action! New Plan, Same Old Hostile Environment
Campaigners against the Hostile Environment in Sheffield are calling for an end to mandatory reporting, the Hostile Environment, and Priti Patel’s ‘New Plan for Immigration’read more
Campaigners win! Home Office found to be unlawfully detaining people at Napier Barracks
Campaigning alongside legal action has won again. Home Office found to have unlawfully detained people in Napier disused military barracksread more
Trafficking survivors suffering under cruel and unlawful reporting system
Immigration bail reporting directly threatens trafficking survivors’ physical safety and sense of security. New reportread more
Close the camps – empty the barracks
Day of solidarity: Sat 22 May. Stand with the people in Napier Barracks. We will show them they are not alone and they are not forgotten. We will offer our care and friendship, practical support and any experience we can share. We will tell them that their struggle is our struggle – against racist borders and a violent state.read more
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.
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
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.
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. Detention is like prison, people are locked up by guards, behind bars and barbed wire. It's a dark part of the immigration and asylum system.
28,000 people are detained every year
Up to 3,000 people are in detention at any one time, and many thousands more are at risk of being detained any day, without warning.
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.