Right to Remain took These Walls Must Fall to Sheffield’s fabulous Migration Matters festival last week, as part of a two-part workshop, looking firstly at navigating the UK’s asylum system (based on the Right to Remain Toolkit) and then at an issue that affects all people seeking the right to remain in the UK: immigration detention.
Preparing for our workshop on challenging immigration #detention today at Sheffield @MigMatFest #thesewallsmustfall #nooneisillegal pic.twitter.com/icXRPWVvsa— Right to Remain (@Right_to_Remain) June 22, 2017
Good to see so many new faces at this: Govt wants immigration detention to be hidden from those who don't experience it (but pay tax for it) https://t.co/bdZesyAq0E— SYMAAG (@SYMAAG) June 22, 2017
We’d like to say a huge thanks to Migration Matters for inviting us, for Theatre Delicatessen for being such great hosts, and to everyone who came. But especial thanks must go to Sheffield Action for Trans Health, who amazingly live tweeted our These Walls Must Fall workshop on what immigration detention is, why it must be stopped, and how that can happen in Sheffield.
You can find out the facts about immigration detention on the These Walls Must Fall website, here.
Talking about wider immigration – #thesewallsmustfall for all pic.twitter.com/FX4U9KMAZm— Sheffield A4TH (@sheffA4TH) June 22, 2017
Many kinds of migrants are detained, including children who are being required to prove they are not adults pic.twitter.com/SZrLDx4YdK— Sheffield A4TH (@sheffA4TH) June 22, 2017
Immigration enforcement are rounding up hundreds of EU national rough sleepers on false claims they are breaching permit— Sheffield A4TH (@sheffA4TH) June 22, 2017
Find out more about the disappearing of homeless EU nationals via the campaign group Nelma, here.
Detention is indefinite – the lack of knowledge of when freedom will come is torturous pic.twitter.com/1bITQV7tAn— Sheffield A4TH (@sheffA4TH) June 22, 2017
(These photos may give the impression that Michael here just held up signs, but he did a lot of speaking too! As did the workshops participants – there were great questions and contributions throughout).
People are held in detention centres across the country but also in prisons pic.twitter.com/NoqplRZaC9— Sheffield A4TH (@sheffA4TH) June 22, 2017
As usual, Yarl’s Wood was the first detention centre to be named by the audience. Many people had not heard of Morton Hall, the closest detention centre to Sheffield (still over fifty miles away and very hard to get to on public transport). You can find out more about all the UK’s detention centre at the Unlocking Detention website here.
How are people detained? Sometimes when they go for their regular reporting event at the Home Office (find out more about that here), but also just going about their every day lives, on the streets around us.