The last detainees left Campsfield in mid-December 2018.
We will continue as the Campaign to Close Campsfield and End All Immigration Detention until at least May 2019 (the month given in the November 2018 government statement about the closure of Campsfield).
4 down, 7 to go!
Haslar, Dover, The Verne and Campsfield detention centres have closed but asylum seekers and other migrants are still detained at Yarl’s Wood, Colnbrook, Harmondsworth, Morton Hall, Brook, Tinsley and Dungavel. While immigration detention continues to exist, we will continue to campaign against the injustice of administrative detention.
We will hold a stall at Carfax on the last Saturday of each month to continue to call for an end to all immigration detention.
We will also continue to meet regularly during this period. Information about the next meeting about the next steps for the Campaign will follow.
If you would like to keep in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The last monthly demonstration at Campsfield took place on Saturday 29 December 2019, after the final detainees left earlier in the month.
Many thanks to Unite Tom Mann branch, Coventry, for the £500 cheque presented at the monthly demo at Campsfield on 29 September.
Showing of extracts from
Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets
The BBC Panorama programme about G4S abuse of people imprisoned in Brook detention centre, first shown in September 2017 (winner of 2018 BAFTA Current Affairs award)
followed by speakers including:
Rev Nathan Ward, former senior manager with G4S.
Caroline Bannock, Community Editor of the Guardian, part of the team investigating and reporting on the Windrush generation and their families mistreated by the Home Office and in some cases detained and deported.
Plus local print and broadcast journalists.
7.30 pm Tuesday 19th June 2018
The Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, OX1 1BX
Part of Oxford Refugee Week
DEMONSTRATE 12 noon SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
TO CLOSE CAMPSFIELD
AND END ALL IMMIGRATION DETENTION
Members of the Campaign to Close Campsfield joined Oxford Migrant Solidarity last weekend to hold a stall outside Lush, on Cornmarket, Oxford.
We had lots of conversations about finally closing Campsfield, after 22 years too long! And hope some people who stopped will be able to join us at one of the monthly demonstrations at Campsfield (last Saturday of each month) to show solidarity with those locked up inside.
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 http://oxfordtoyarlswood7nov.eventbrite.co.uk
Demo facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/755942137885113/
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
PRESS RELEASE 27 MARCH 2015
Within the space of a few weeks:
- 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)
- 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)
- The government withdrew its application to double the size of Campsfield immigration detention centre near Oxford from 256 to 566 places. (12 March)
- The Labour Party has said that in power it would end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and migrants. (26 March)
- The government has announced that it will close Haslar immigration detention centre near Portsmouth (26 March)
- 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)