Some reflections on the closure of Haslar Immigration Removal Centre

This blog post was written for Unlocking Detention by Charles Leddy-Owen. Charles is a Trustee of Friends Without Borders and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. Haslar Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) held between 150 and 190 male detainees at any one time from 1989 until the spring of 2015. The centre was situated in the town of Gosport, [...]

2019-05-07T09:50:29+00:00 December 14th, 2015|

Haslar week…

Haslar week... 28 Sep to 4 Oct  Unlocking Detention team looks back on the week when the tour visited Haslar Immigration Removal Centre in Portsmouth. ===================================================================================== After looking at the Short Term Holding Centres and prisons which are used for immigration detention, Unlocking Detention tour's very first proper visit was to Haslar Immigration Removal Centre. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/517250149517885440 While getting ready for the [...]

2014-10-23T08:00:48+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|

‘Under detention they think you’re criminal’ – Henry speaks out from Haslar

Henry, currently detained in Haslar detention centre and facing deportation to Nigeria, has been previously featured on this blog writing powerfully about "Too many laws, not enough justice".  You can read Henry's blog post here.  Henry has now been interviewed by Ben Fishwick of Portsmouth News: Henry, 53, has been held in detention since February and was moved to the centre [...]

2014-10-14T12:40:04+00:00 October 14th, 2014|

Living Outside the Fence – story of Haslar

By Charlie Leddy-Owen, University of Portsmouth When visiting Haslar Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) for the first time I was struck by the pleasantness of the local area. Haslar’s western boundary adjoins a residential neighbourhood of detached and semi-detached housing, whilst immediately over the southernmost fence you’ll find a golf course and shingle beach. The IRC’s eastern fences border a sea wall [...]

2014-10-01T09:57:47+00:00 October 1st, 2014|