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Immigration Detention

Report slams Yarl’s Wood detention centre

18 August 2015
Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre is a “place of national concern”, according to a new report by chief inspector of prisons Nick Howard. 

No safe haven—how desperate refugees fleeing conflicts are turned away

11 August 2015
A series of bloody conflicts right across the world lie at the roots of the current refugee crisis.

Calais crisis caused by clampdown on migrants

28 July 2015
A teenage boy’s body was found on the roof of a Eurotunnel train at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Folkestone, Kent, on Friday of last week.

Europe's hidden shame - a system to criminalise refugees

16 June 2015
The European Union’s leaders go to shocking lengths to get refugees out of sight, out of mind and out of Europe, migrants and activists told Dave Sewell and Ken Olende

Hundreds protest to say, 'Shut down Yarl's Wood'

09 June 2015
Sections of the outer fence of Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre were torn down last Saturday, as some 700 people protested outside to demand its closure.

Hundreds of protesters demand closure of Yarl's Wood refugee prison

06 June 2015
Sections of the outer fence of Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre were torn down today, Saturday, as some 700 people protested outside to demand its closure.

Solidarity demonstration for detainees at Dungavel

02 June 2015
Up to 400 people joined a demonstration outside Dungavel detention centre in Scotland last Saturday. The protest was called by the Scottish TUC (STUC).

Protests in solidarity with migrants slam a deadly, racist system

28 April 2015
Protesters gathered across Europe in solidarity with migrants last week. In London hundreds protested outside European Union (EU) commission near parliament in central London last Saturday.

Protest at Harmondsworth demands closure of all detention centres

14 April 2015
Over 200 demonstrators gathered outside Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre, near Heathrow airport last Saturday to demand the closure of all detention centres

Verne detention protester who spoke out put in segregation

07 April 2015
A detainee who took part in protests at the Verne immigration detention centre in Dorset last month is being held in segregation.

Detainees at Dungavel join calls for freedom as protesters gather outside

31 March 2015
Detainees in Dungavel Detention Centre in Lanarkshire took to its grounds last week to join a solidarity demonstration taking place outside.

Thousands join protests and stand up to racism

24 March 2015
A loud, angry and young march through London showed the mood to take on racism, says Ken Olende

Detention is a way to destroy people - detained migrants speak out

24 March 2015
As protests spread inside the brutal centres where refugees are locked up, current and former detainees tell Ken Olende the hell needs to end.

Thousands march in London against racism

21 March 2015
More than 10,000 people marched through central London against racism today, Saturday, while 2,500 more marched in Glasgow and 150 in Cardiff.

Families of Iraqis threatened with deportation by Britain speak out

17 March 2015
British authorities have rounded up around 30 Iraqis and locked them into detention centres in recent week. 

Refugees go on hunger strike—close the camps

10 March 2015
Over 100 refugees at Harmondsworth immigration detention centre near Heathrow airport have gone on hunger strike.

Detainees at Campsfield refugee prison near Oxford protest against beating

02 December 2014
Up to 100 detainees at the Campsfield immigration detention centre near Oxford protested last weekend against the beating of a fellow inmate.

Detention centre protest in Lincolnshire after inmate's death

09 September 2014
At least 30 detainees rose up at Morton Hall immigration detention centre in Lincolnshire last Saturday, after the death of an inmate. 

Anger over healthcare at Yarl’s Wood as detainee's death is marked

08 April 2014
A memorial service was held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre near Milton Keynes last Sunday for Christine Case. She died the previous week and is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

Detention centres breed despair behind the bars

12 November 2013
As Yarl’s Wood is mired in an abuse scandal, Ken Olende looks at the scale of detention centres in Britain and what life is like for people locked inside them

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