On 19 July, Refugee Tales launches the findings from our unique Walking Inquiry into Immigration Detention.

Initiated in September 2020, the Walking Inquiry into Immigration Detention is designed to complement the current Public Inquiry into mistreatment at Brook House immigration removal centre.

Drawing on the solidarity of the Refugee Tales community, the Walking Inquiry is grounded in the lived experiences of people who have been detained, and the insights of volunteer visitors who visit people in immigration detention.

Our findings have been co-created by our walking community, with over 100 people taking part.  We invited contributions and responses in many forms, such as testimony, art, letters, video and poetry.  Through walking, talking and thinking together, we considered the questions:

  • What is it like to be detained?
  • How are people detained?  What are the systems and structures of detention?
  • What are the long-term impacts of detention?
  • Why are people who have experienced detention not heard?
  • How does detention damage society?
  • What is our response?

The contributions shine a light on the daily realities and complex and enduring impacts of immigration detention in the UK.  Overall, they paint a clear and disturbing picture: that immigration detention is dehumanising, a breach of human rights and its abuses are systemic.

Following publication of our findings in July 2022, we are actively publicising them to wider audiences.  We want people of influence including politicians, policy-makers, faith leaders, the media and the wider public to engage with our findings and deepen their understanding of the nature and impacts of immigration detention.  Our work to raise awareness of the findings and recommendations is led by the Self-Advocacy Group of people with lived experience of detention.

To download our Walking Inquiry Report and Summary of Findings, visit our Walking Inquiry webpage.

If you have any questions about the Walking Inquiry, please contact us.