On Saturday, people from Oxfordshire and beyond demonstrated outside Campsfield House, an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) 6 miles north of Oxford where around 280 refugees and other migrants are detained.
Outside the 20-ft barbed wire fences, they chanted hope and solidarity with the migrants.
‘This is being done in our name? But it is like a high security prison!’ said a student who had never seen an IRC before. Continue reading
DEMONSTRATE 12 noon SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
TO CLOSE CAMPSFIELD
AND END ALL IMMIGRATION DETENTION
Local Oxfordshire campaigner, Evelyne Godfrey, visited the migrant camp at Dunkirk and sent this letter to the Oxford Mail.
There are perhaps a thousand migrants in a camp in Dunkirk at Grande Synthe, at Exit 54a off the A16, about 10 minutes from the ferry port. They are accommodated in plywood ‘sheds’ with corrugated plastic roofs. The Dunkirk camp was originally set up by Médecins Sans Frontières. At the moment, Utopia 56 is the main voluntary group for the camp, but they are planning to move out to help at other migrant camps in Calais and Paris by the end of September 2016. Continue reading
As part of Refugee Week, the Campaign to Close Campsfield is holding a public meeting at Oxford Town Hall on 22 June at 19:00–21:00
Alison Harvey, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Speaker with experience of detention, Movement for Justice
Gill Baden, Bail Observation Project
Eiri Ohtani, Detention Forum
The injustices of immigration detention are increasingly in the spotlight. Continue reading
As part of the national day of solidarity with detained people and against detention centres on Saturday 7 May, when campaign groups will demonstrate at detention centres around England and Scotland, there will be an extra demo at Campsfield main gates from 12 noon to 2pm.
How to get there.
See the facebook event
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.