Right to Remain toolkit to navigate the system

Prepared in August 2018: Our Toolkit is based on people’s experience of the asylum and immigration system, ideas and actions they have found helpful to navigate the system and survive. https://righttoremain.org.uk/preparing-in-case-of-detention-update/

Thank you to Freed Voices for the feedback which has led to updating this page on detention.

Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention

22.10.2018: In the last year, over 26,000 people were detained in the UK under immigration powers.

There is no time limit on how long people can be detained under immigration powers in the UK. That means that people are held in prison-like conditions with no idea when they will be released. There is plenty of evidence documenting the harm that this causes to those detained, and to their families and communities. Continue reading “Detention Forum: Unlocking Detention”

Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain

Guardian: Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain by  and 

Investigation suggests hundreds of vulnerable people are detained indefinitely

An unprecedented snapshot of migrants held in British detention centres found more than half of the sample were either suicidal, seriously ill or victims of torture, a Guardian investigation has established. Continue reading “Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain”

UK asylum seekers may have been detained unlawfully, rules court

6.10.2018 Guardian: UK asylum seekers may have been detained unlawfully, rules court

Detainees cannot be held indefinitely before transfer overseas, says court of appeal

Thousands of people may have been unlawfully held in immigration removal centres in recent years, the court of appeal has ruled. Continue reading “UK asylum seekers may have been detained unlawfully, rules court”

QCEA Child Immigration Detention in Europe

Here is a link to QCEA’s Sept 2018 report Child Immigration Detention in Europe: http://www.qcea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CID-report_2018.pdfExecutive summary:

This report explores aspects of child immigration detention in Europe. After briefly describing the legal framework and standards at international and European level, the report gives an overview of the situation in Europe by addressing three main questions:
• How many children are detained in the context of migration?
• What laws and policies regulate the practice?
• What are the existing alternatives to child immigration detention? Continue reading “QCEA Child Immigration Detention in Europe”

Criticism of immigration detention process

Detention Forum: UK Detention in Focus

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The UK Government has drawn criticism from regional and international bodies for its immigration detention policy and practice. Many of these bodies highlight the same concerns as the Detention Forum: the indefinite nature of immigration detention in the UK; the detention of vulnerable individuals and groups; the lack of robust, automatic judicial oversight; and insufficient attention to alternatives to detention… Read more

See also Detention Forum’s Resources page:

http://www.detentionforum.org.uk/resources/

Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment

Conclusions: This guide to the hostile environment may make for difficult reading, but its purpose is to help us to know our enemy.

Internal border controls amount to state-sanctioned discrimination
and are fundamentally incompatible with the human rights laws the
UK is signed up to. Continue reading “Liberty report: A Guide to the Hostile Environment”