April 2020: Bill MacKeith, published by Oxford Against Immigration Detention http://oaid.org.uk
In 2019, ‘enforced returns’ from the UK fell to 7,361, 22% lower than the previous year and the lowest number since records began in 2004. Over the same period, there were 11,421 ‘voluntary’ departures.
On 31 December 2019, there were 1,637 people in immigration detention, 8% fewer than on 31 December 2018, and fewer than half the number on 30 September 2017. The number of people entering detention in 2019 was similar to the previous year at 24,443. Prior to this, there has been a downward trend since 2015. (Immigration Statistics, Year Ending December 2019)
Continue reading “A Short History of Resistance to Immigration Detention and Deportations in the United Kingdom”
QARN ‘Excessive fees: leave to remain in the UK’ leaflet: In these times of online meetings, here’s a suggested format for considering the important issues raised in this leaflet. Gloucestershire AM has recently had a good experience of this. Having originally planned a whole ‘faith in action’ day on refuge and asylum issues, we had to alter it to a zoom event instead. Continue reading “Idea for a Zoom reading meeting”
[Note from QARN: what can you do – bring this to the attention of your MP – especially if your MP is on the Home Affairs Select Committee. This is going to the Committee on 29.4.2020 – see Members below]
Dear Home Secretary,
We, Freed Voices, are writing to express our concern regarding the serious risks posed by Covid-19 to those who continue to be held in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) across the UK. Continue reading “COVID-19 IMMIGRATION DETENTION CRISIS”
All Party Parliamentary Group on detention
The newly-formed APPG on detention will be formally launched on 25 June, and now has a website, twitter handle
and mailing list
. Secretariat support is provided by Medical Justice.
Continue reading “APPG on detention”
‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention 21 March 2019
The Home Office has shown a shockingly cavalier attitude in its approach to immigration detention and overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process, a new report by the Home Affairs Committee has found. Continue reading “‘Cavalier’ Home Office failing in its responsibility for immigration detention”
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.