Close Campsfield NOW! 28 November demo

On our doorsteps! 22 years too long!
End the inhumane practice of immigration detention!

On 29 November 1993 the first minibus full of people arrived at Campsfield House. Since then over 30,000 people from other countries have been imprisoned there. Many have survived torture and conflict, and are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Many have lived and worked for years in the UK, and have family and friends and a life here. All are HUMAN BEINGS. People are imprisoned in Campsfield and other immigration detention centres WITHOUT CHARGE, for administrative reasons. Many cannot be deported and are subsequently released. But there is NO TIME LIMIT on their EXPENSIVE detention. If you are FED UP with the government’s ‘hostile environment’ and divisive rhetoric, and want to stand up for and reach out to those imprisoned unjustly, JOIN US! There has been PROGRESS in the fight against immigration detention in 2015 – a Parliamentary Inquiry with tough recommendations, legal challenges to the ‘Detained Fast Track’ system, and protests inside and outside detention centres across the UK. LET’S KEEP UP THE PRESSURE!


WHERE? Demonstration at the main gates, Campsfield House Immigration Detention Centre, Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1RE.

WHEN? 12 noon, Saturday 28 November.

GETTING THERE Bus: S4 to Oxford Airport, 11.15 am from stop C4 Magdalen Street, Oxford.  Bike: meet 11am Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford.  London coach: contact

Followed by Conference of BARBED WIRE BRITAIN Network to End Migrant Detention, for info exchange & planning future action, 2-5pm, Exeter Hall, Oxford Rd, Kidlington, OX5 1AB. Refreshments free. ,




Coach from Oxford to Yarl’s Wood demo on Saturday 7 Nov

UPDATE:  A few photos from the amazing Movement for Justice demo at Yarl’s Wood.


A coach has been organised by Movement for Justice, tickets available at

Demo facebook event at




Parliamentary debate on immigration detention

On 10 September there was a parliamentary debate on immigration detention. 25 MPs spoke in favour of the recommendations in the Detention Inquiry report from the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration.   Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, including Campsfield, was not at the debate but Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, was and spoke powerfully against indefinite detention.

The full debate can be read here

Andrew Smith’s speech is below: Continue reading

2nd Refugees Welcome in Oxford demo

This Saturday (12 Sept), there will be a second gathering in Oxford to show solidarity with the refugees trying to reach Europe and protest against the UK government’s inadequate response.
Meet at 12:00 at Bonn Square where the march last Sunday ended.

See the Facebook event

Calais: Let them in!  Campsfield: Let them out!

Calais: Let them in! Campsfield: Let them out!



PRESS RELEASE – for immediate use 27 August 2015

The Close Campsfield Campaign is gravely concerned about the way the situation in Calais is being mis-represented to the British public.

The vast majority of the 5,000 or so men, women and children camped in slum conditions outside Calais have fled war, violence and persecution in their home countries. They are refugees and would be recognised as such if they managed to reach the UK. Continue reading

Testimonies in Oxford from Calais and the Mediterranean

As part of Oxford Refugee Week 2015 the Campaign to Close Campsfield will host Ice and Fire theatre company performing

Asylum Testimonies

Picture Voices from the front line of Europe’s approach to asylum

Come and hear the human stories behind the headlines of migrants and their journeys. Testimonies from migrants about their journeys crossing the Mediterranean and of life in Calais will be performed by actors for human rights.

People with recent experience of solidarity work in Calais will be present for discussion after the performance.

Friday 19th June, 7.30 – 9 pm
Venue: The Asian Cultural Centre (far end of Manzil Way, off Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1 GH)
Please arrive in good time. Light refreshments will be available.
Event free, no need to book. Donations welcome.

 tel. 01993 703994


May Day Rally

Member of the Campaign, Liz Peretz, spoke at the May Day Rally in Oxford on 2 May.  In case you missed it, here is what she had to say:

As we celebrate international worker’s day, and think of trades unions and collective action we must also remember the 17306 men women and children who have died in their attempt to reach Europe whose names were laid out on a sheet 100 metres long in the entrance hall to the European parliament last week . We must confront the brutal immigration machine – state racism in action – which all european governments run in our name. Continue reading