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From British playgrounds to Immigration Removal Centres

Authors: Candice Morgan-Glendinning and Dr Melanie Griffiths (University of Bristol) The following post is informed by an ESRC-funded project running at the University of Bristol. The research examines the intersection of family life and immigration policy for families consisting of British or EEA nationals and men with precarious or irregular immigration status. Further project information, including a report and policy briefings [...]

2018-10-23T16:11:28+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

‘Young arrivers’ caught in immigration detention

Dan Godshaw (@DanGodshaw) has worked for NGOs on migrant advocacy and support for 10 years. He has visited people held at Brook House IRC as well as supporting Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group’s (@GatDetainees) research and campaigning work since 2013. Dan holds an MA in Migration Studies from The University of Sussex, and is currently an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher on immigration detention and gender [...]

2018-10-23T15:09:36+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Won’t somebody please think of the children

The impact of immigration detention is not confined behind the gates of the detention centres: it involves people's children, families, friends etc. Nick Watts is a child & family practitioner and co-founder of the charity Migrant Family Action, that provides specialist social work, advocacy and youth work to families who are oppressed as a result of their immigration status. Nick explains here what [...]

2018-10-25T13:51:43+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

Colnbrook, by post

This year, the theme of Unlocking Detention is ‘friends and families’ – we’re specifically focusing on the often unreported, or buried, ‘ripple effect’ of indefinite detention and the way this experience can have tragic consequences beyond the individual detained. In this special photo-essay for #Unlocked16, Jon* from the Freed Voices group shares letters he received whilst he was detained at Colnbrook detention centre [...]

2016-11-27T22:48:30+00:00 November 27th, 2016|

Not a minor offence: the unlawful detention of unaccompanied children

This piece by Judith Dennis was first published by openDemocracy on 3 November 2014.  Judith is Policy Manager at the Refugee Council. Despite pledging to end child detention for immigration purposes in 2010, the UK Government is still quietly locking up children. It’s getting away with it by calling them adults. Dover Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) sits on the site of [...]

2014-11-03T21:37:49+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|