The UK has the largest Immigration Detention Estate in Europe. UK Policy results in asylum seekers facing detention at any time, even if they have committed no crime whatsoever.
Detention has no time limit and is not automatically subject to judicial review. Many endure months and some endure years of indefinite detention.
There are no safeguards in place to prevent the detention of vulnerable persons, including those who have faced imprisonment, torture and /or sexual violence in the countries from which they have fled.
This harmful and expensive practice is unnecessary and deprives people of their freedom, their dignity and is damaging to their mental health.
Right to Remain have produced a zine ‘Immigration detention: a rough guide for people at risk and their supporters’ which can be ordered from them.
Leeds Unity Centre have put together an explanation of the detention process and what happens next
The Migrants Law Project has factsheets on a range of topics, including detention
The Detention Forum is a network of organisations working together to challenge the UK’s use of detention.
Detention Action supports detainees in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Detention Centres and campaigns for an end to immigration detention.
RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research) is a Manchester-based human rights organisation which has a webpage for the development of informed and effective action about immigration detention
AVID – Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees: Produces regular updates and latest statistics
Bail for Immigration Detainees – Bid provide legal advice and representation to migrants detained in removal centres and prisons to secure their release
Asylum Justice and Release (AJAR) are a small group based in Leeds
Some short, excellent and updated awareness raising videos can be found at StandOff Films. They cover the recent hunger strikes and campaigns. Their new documentary , “Working Illegally” is told primarily through detainees’ testimonies, based on original research by Corporate Watch. It offers critical insight into the labour that maintains the UK detention estate, as well as a general introduction to the immigration detention system.
‘Life After Detention’, a powerful new film made by ex-detainees in Glasgow on their mobile phones and with support from film-maker and Scottish Detainee Visitors volunteer, Alice Myers. A useful awareness resource demonstrating the trauma of detention.
A video on the historic Shut Down Yarl’s Wood demonstration on 6th June, 2015
Corporate Watch: Fact Sheet on Immigration Detention Centres September 2016
The Migration Observatory – Its latest briefing May 2017, provides an overview of immigration detention in the UK. It discusses the size of the UK’s detention facilities, the number of detainees, the average duration of detention, and the detention of children.
‘Immigration Detention in the UK’ – a briefing paper from the Detention Forum (Sep 2017)
Without Detention: Opportunities for Alternatives. September 2016 from Detention Action.
Immigration detention in the UK – University of Oxford Migration Observatory: This briefing provides an overview of immigration detention in the UK. It discusses the size of the UK’s detention facilities, the number of detainees, the average duration of detention, and the detention of children. It reports that the UK’s immigration detention facilities are among the largest in Europe: between 2,000 and 3,500 migrants are detained at any given time.
Unannounced HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Report of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre for Women August 2015
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Report The Verne Immigration Removal Centre August 2015
Migrant detention in the European Union: a thriving business – MigrEurop Report on outsourcing and privatisation of migrant detention across Europe with graphics and stats
‘No Safe Refuge’ – A UKLGIG and Stonewall report on the experiences of LGBT asylum seekers in detention
The Right to Remain toolkit has a section on detention, including information about creating a detention action plan, accessing legal advice in detention and visiting someone in detention.