The closure of Dungavel? The fight must continue

By Pinar Aksu.  Pinar works with Migrant Voice as a Community Development worker in Glasgow and with Active Inquiry using Theatre of the Oppressed methods and is also a member of Right to Remain's management committee.  She has been involved with asylum and refugee rights since a young age. I’m experiencing mixed feelings. As much as I am very happy that [...]

2016-12-06T23:44:58+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

Unlocking the future of detention in Scotland

By Kate Alexander, director of Scottish Detainee Visitors. It’s been a funny few months. Just a month before the beginning of this year’s Unlocking Detention tour of detention in the UK, the Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill, announced that Dungavel, the only detention centre in Scotland would close ‘towards the end of 2017’. You might think that this would be a cause [...]

2016-12-05T23:30:56+00:00 December 5th, 2016|

I’ll never forget . . .

Scottish Detainee Visitors asked their volunteer visitors to write a few sentences about a memorable experience they had while volunteering with them - visiting people detained in Dungavel detention centre.  They asked them to start with the phrase ‘I’ll never forget….’ Here’s what they said. I'll never forget a conversation I had with a young Afghani man. He was telling me [...]

2016-12-04T23:14:25+00:00 December 4th, 2016|

Unlocking Detention 'visits' Dungavel

Last week, Unlocking Detention visited Dungavel, Scotland's only detention centre and the final stop of the #Unlocked15 tour. Also last week, Human Rights Day was held, a stark reminder of the rights being denied to those detained - over 30,000 people every year, deprived of their liberty, indefintely. Dungavel was an appropriate centre to end our tour on - one of [...]

2015-12-14T09:55:01+00:00 December 14th, 2015|

Diary of a Dungavel Detention

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Alison Phipps.  Alison is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, and Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet). Friday May 8th 2009 11am: The colleague opposite me was talking about performance indicators for postgraduate study in the arts and humanities and how we would ensure [...]

2015-12-06T11:55:48+00:00 December 6th, 2015|

Where do we draw the line on migration and crime?

This blog was written as a reflection on a collaborative research project recently undertaken by Scottish Detainee Visitors (SDV) with people released on bail and temporary admission from immigration detention in Scotland. This blog was written for Unlocking Detention by SDV volunteer and Masters of Research student Bridget Holtom, and the film ‘Detention Without Walls’ was co-produced by the Life After [...]

2015-12-06T11:53:45+00:00 December 6th, 2015|

A friendship to treasure

This blog post, about "an unlikely friendship, forged behind barbed wire and in the shadow of indefinite detention" was written for Scottish Detainee Visitors, and has been republished by Unlocking Detention with their permission.   It was written by Giovanna Fassetta, Chair of SDV. I first met Simon in Dungavel in August 2010. He was detained for a long time and little [...]

2015-10-22T16:09:55+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|

Like a chicken surrounded by dogs

By Kate Alexander, coordinator of Scottish Detainee Visitors (a member of the Detention Forum).  This article originally appeared in Open Democracy's Unlocked series. Scotland may have a different relationship with immigration from the rest of the UK, but at least for now, Dungavel, which has been detaining men and women migrants since 2001, remains open. Forty-five minutes south of Glasgow, six [...]

2014-12-08T13:49:50+00:00 December 8th, 2014|

Immigration Detention and the Scottish Referendum

This post was written by Detention Forum Scotland, in response to the Detention Forum's question of 'what are your hopes for the detention inquiry in light of the 'NO' vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.  This post originally appeared on the Detention Forum website on 29 September 2014.   Many organisations working within the field of migration, and the individuals whose [...]

2014-12-08T07:03:06+00:00 December 8th, 2014|
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