SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

How immigration detention ‘works’

Eiri Ohtani (Detention Forum)

Date: 8 October 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 8 October 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

This talk will provide a brief overview of the UK immigration detention practice and the complex infrastructure that sustains it in and outside the dates of the detention centres. Despite some NGOs' criticism of its devastating impact on immigrants' lives, immigration detention continues to grow in size and scope. It asks why and how this most pressing human rights and civil liberty issue in the UK today remains largely unchallenged. The talk will also explore how immigration detention is differently framed by various actors in the field and identify contradictions observed in detention advocacy work which could generate potentially conflicting and confusing narratives.

Eiri Ohtani is the Co-ordinator of the Detention Forum  in the UK and an independent consultant in the voluntary sector. She has worked with migrants and asylum-seekers for over a decade. A graduate of LSE, she also holds postgraduate degrees from SOAS and Birkbeck, University of London.

Organiser: Dr Anna Lindley

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