Arresting the mass detention of migrants: ‘Build trust, not walls’

In this #Unlocked16 article, Jerome Phelps of Detention Action writes for Open Democracy 50:50 on how "the pragmatic development of alternatives to detention with civil society at the fore can help to arrest the slide into the abyss of mass detention of migrants in Europe." The article was originally published by Open Democracy on 12 October. The possible future shape of [...]

2016-10-13T14:31:39+00:00 October 13th, 2016|

Build Trust, Not Walls

(Image: Kasonga at Detention Action's recent report launch. Photo credit: Eiri Ohtani) By Kasonga, a member of the Freed Voices group. I was detained in prison under immigration powers, and then in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook IRCs, for over two years altogether. The ‘IRC’ stands for ‘Immigration Removal Centre’. Removal is the key word here. From the very first day I was [...]

2016-10-12T05:55:53+00:00 October 12th, 2016|

Hamid on alternatives to detention

This post is written by Hamid, who has experienced immigration detention.  His testimony was provided for Detention Action's forthcoming annual report.   In the three and a half years I was in detention, I was visited twice by the Home Office – first, they took my fingerprints and then to take my photo. That was it. They gave me no reasons [...]

2014-10-19T07:00:53+00:00 October 19th, 2014|