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Demonstration @ Yarl's Wood Saturday March 21st 2009

John O | 22.03.2009 07:13 | Migration | Social Struggles | Workers' Movements | Birmingham | World

Thousands of person seeking/refused asylum/overstayers/persons 'Sans Papiers' are currently being kept in immigration prisons (AKA Immigration Removal Centres) throughout the UK. They haven't committed a crime, but they can be imprisoned indefinitely. Many of the people detained have experienced torture, and their trauma is exacerbated by being detained. Seven of the IRCs are operated for profit by private companies.

36 people have been in immigration detention for more than two years, 72 more than 18 months, 128 more than one year.

Immigration laws criminalise foreign nationals
The effect of immigration laws is to potentially criminalise all foreign nationals. It does not matter if they have committed any criminal offence or not. The Immigration Act 1971; Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002; UK Borders Act 2007 authorises detention even where there has been no offence, no charge, no prosecution, no court intervention

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