UK: New reports on immigration detention and the hostile environment


Two new reports, by the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Institute for Public Policy Research, expose some of the most harmful aspects of the UK's immigration and asylum system.

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Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention (Jesuit Refugee Service UK, link):

"The Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK)’s report ‘Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention’ draws from the accounts of 27 forcibly displaced people supported by JRS UK, with direct experience of detention spanning the last 20 years. It finds that the Home Office policy of immigration detention fosters a culture of death, self-harm and ongoing trauma leaving those who are detained, or threatened by the prospect of detention, dehumanised."

Access denied: The human impact of the hostile environment (IPPR, link):

"Over the past decade, the government has rolled out a series of measures aimed at creating a ‘hostile environment’ for people living in the UK without immigration status.

In this report, we assess the impacts of the hostile environment on individuals and communities. We find that it has contributed to forcing many people into destitution, has helped to foster racism and discrimination, and has erroneously affected people with the legal right to live and work in the UK."

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