Immigration detention in the UK

Welcome to this history of the use of immigration detention in the UK

This interactive timeline tells the story of the use of immigration detention in the UK, from powerful campaigns, legal challenges to government policy, and the formation of new visitors groups to evidence from the frontline, detention statistics, and the work of artists, actors, and photographers. ;xNLx;;xNLx;Follow the story of immigration detention in the UK from the 1990s to the present day using this simple timeline.;xNLx;;xNLx;

Report of the inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK published

Music in Detention launched its new online music player

Music In Detention has been making music with immigration detainees and communities living nearby for over ten years. In this time over 500 music tracks have been produced, and these have been made available on MID's music player.

Music In Detention in Campsfield: 'Friends in the City of Atlantis'

"In May 2014 Music In Detention arranged a programme of music workshops involving participants from Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, North Leigh Youth Project (NLYP) and an Oxfordshire youth arts project. Participants in three settings communicated and collaborated through music, poetry and artwork. This album is a record of their exchanges."

Music In Detention in Yarl's Wood: 'Good Life'

"In March 2012 clients from Oakley Rural day centre collaborated in creating, exchanging and recording musical and lyrical compositions working in parallel with people detained at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Bedford."

Music In Detention in Colnbrook: 'When I Get Out: building bridges with detainees'

"Music In Detention ran a Community Exchange project linking detainees from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre to students from Brunel University."

Music in Detention in Haslar: 'Migration Songs'

"The children and detainees who together created and recorded these songs were helped by staff of Leesland Junior School, IRC Haslar and TraditionalArts Projects, who coordinated the project, September-November 2007."

New #setherfree badges launched by Women for Refugee Women

Women For Refugee Women tweeted this image of new badges for their campaign to end the immigration detention of refugee women.

R (Babbage) v SSHD [2016] EWHC 148 (ADMIN)

"Detention ruled unlawful since no realistic prospect of Zimbabwean authorities accepting enforced removals; Court condemns [Home Office] disclosure conduct"

Publication - 'NGO monitoring of immigration detention: tips, examples and positive practices'

Briefing note from International Detention Coalition to disseminate NGO experiences, challenges and positive practices shared at a workshop aimed at strengthening civil society monitoring of immigration detention.

UK detention: Short Term Holding Facilities on the northern French coast

"The STHFs in France hold people heading towards Britain who have been identified by the UK Border Force staff checking freight, coaches, cars, and foot passengers. All are staffed by British detention custody officers who, like their colleagues in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) and STHFs in the UK, are employed by private custodial companies. They are overseen by local UK Border Force personnel who visit daily." writes Mary Bosworth for the Border Criminologies blog.

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