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

Kidlington Parish Council votes that Campsfield must close

PRESS RELEASE 10 April 2015

At its meeting on Thursday 9 April, Kidlington parish council’s policy-making Policy and Finance Committee voted that the controversial nearby Campsfield immigration detention centre should close. It reiterated its opposition also to any expansion, and stated that ‘the provision of large scale immigration detention facilities does not accord with the UNHCR guidelines on the use of detention only as a last resort, but rather as a deterrent for those seeking refuge. We are concerned about the impact on many of the detainees of prolonged detention, and call on the centre to be closed’. Continue reading

Campsfield: unprecedented developments – Protesters step up call for an end to immigration detention


Within the space of a few weeks:

  1. An all-party parliamentary inquiry published a report on The Use of Immigration Detention and recommended a 28 day time limit to detention, proper judicial oversight of individual decisions to detain people, less use of detention, and more use of non-punitive community based alternatives to detention (3 March[1])
  2. The biggest-ever wave of protest by immigration detainees in the UK began and spread to 8 of 11 detention centres in the UK (9 March[2])
  3. The government withdrew its application to double the size of Campsfield immigration detention centre near Oxford from 256 to 566 places. (12 March)
  4. The Labour Party has said that in power it would end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants. (26 March[3])
  5. The government has announced that it will close Haslar immigration detention centre near Portsmouth (26 March[4])
  6. The government has announced that it intends not to detain more asylum seekers and migrants in future, the first time any government has made such a commitment. (26 March[5])

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