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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.

Why?

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?

Almost 30,000 people are locked up in prison-like conditions every year, with no time limit on how long they can be held. Why? Simply 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


Latest news

Immigration Bill in parliament: The detention time limit amendment(s)

An amendment to the Immigration Bill would bring a time limit on how long people can be detained under immigration rules. This sounds positive, but there are some issues that need clearing up

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Jesuit Refugee Service report calls for abolition of immigration detention

A new report from the Jesuit Refugee Service has called for the abolition of the “cruel and inhumane” practice of immigration detention.

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Lockdown Sessions

During the Covid-19 crisis, These Walls Must Fall is hosting online fundraising events streaming music and performances online. Details of upcoming events here…

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Heathrow detention centres and expansion: Online protest against MITIE and Heathrow Airport Ltd.

On 13 June, take action against airport expansion, in solidarity with those detained in the Heathrow detention centres, and resist plans to build Europe’s largest detention centre in their place.

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Open Letter and Statement on Immigration Detention and Covid-19

TWMF Yorkshire campaigners write on their extreme concern about the safety of those who remain in immigration detention under Covid-19 and why the government take action now.

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Kick the walls down

This recording is by a campaigner who has experienced the state violence and racism of immigration detention three times. A woman who stands in solidarity with all who are striving, fighting, for freedom, equality, justice.

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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. 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.