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Detention Without Walls

  • Conway Mill 5-7 Conway Street Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT13 2DE United Kingdom (map)


The difficulties experienced inside immigration detention do not end with release and there are new and unexpected obstacles. These include disorientation, poor accommodation and the continued separation from family and friends.

  • People are still at risk of deportation and experience difficulties associated with uncertainty. The threat of deportation meant that people “couldn’t make no plans”, as they were always “up and down with paperwork . . . waiting, waiting, waiting”.

The uncertainty of life after detention is indefinite, just as immigration detention is currently indefinite. Living with this uncertainty means that many people in these circumstances experience stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.

This is a follow on event from “Detaining human rights” held by ‘STAR’ and ‘Larne House Visitor Group’ on Wednesday December 7th in the Student Union. With the aid of a short film “Detention without walls” we will discuss the issues faced by people leaving detention and the impact this has on their daily life. We have as a guest Shirley Gillian from ‘Scottish Detainee Visitors’ who was involved in setting up the ‘Life After Detention’ project. Using focus groups, interviews, mapping, photography and film-making, the participant researchers explored the experience of life after detention and a number of key findings emerged from their work as expressed in the opening three paragraphs above.

With our event we aim to highlight these hidden problems and also show how individuals can help and support people caught up in these traps of the immigration system. Many groups already actively campaign on these and other related issues. We will explain how you can be a part changing an immigration system that isn’t treating people as human beings in need of help, support and understanding.

Earlier Event: December 9
The Great British Break Off