It is almost impossible for asylum seekers held in detention to practise social distancing. For their protection, and that of the wider community, the government must take action now.
There were 8,000 forced relocations in Australia's immigration detention system in a nearly two-year span. New research shows how distressing and destabilising these movements are for refugees.
A sign at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow.
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Detainees, held in a perpetual state of powerlessness, try to support each other.
Home Affairs hasn’t made it clear what measures of oversight and surveillance will be applied to private corporations.
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When visa services are run in the interests of profit rather than border governance, corrupt tactics can be used to benefit the providers’ bottom line.
The Australian government refers to asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘illegal’ entrants.
Asylum seekers are not permanent residents and have to pay full fees for university courses. Just as doctors led the campaign to get kids off Nauru, academics can advocate for access to education.
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below.
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In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
A group of Mexican laborers boarding a train in Chicago to be deported in 1951.
Trump has expanded and escalated the most punitive policies he inherited from his predecessors.
Entering a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Florida.
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Children can be especially vulnerable to being wrongly subjected to immigration enforcement actions.
Kimora Adetunji, 33, is seen with her son King, 2, outside Federal Court in Toronto in May 2017, where indefinite immigration detention was subject of a court hearing. Her husband was detained for almost a year before being released.
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Migration governance without immigration detention is desirable and achievable. Eliminating all detention will universally benefit citizens, migrants and everyone in between.
Many of these female asylum-seekers have already been abused before they cross the border.
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Reported abuses include serving moldy bread, delaying medical care and subjecting detainees to sexual harassment, sexual assault and bullying.
A room inside Brook House immigration removal centre near Gatwick.
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Changes to immigration rules have left migrants without family and friends in the UK trapped in immigration detention – despite being granted bail.
Speechless is a Perth Festival co-commission produced by Tura Music.
Speechless is an opera written in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2014 report into children in immigration detention.
Protesters depicting detainees of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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Alleged 'enemy combatants' held at Guantánamo Bay who went on hunger strikes to protest their indefinite detention were force-fed by the US military. Today, ICE is force-feeding immigrant detainees.
Some young people are taken to immigration detention as they approach their 18th birthday.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiling tough new proposals to strip extremists of their Australian citizenship.
Australia is proposing some of the toughest citizenship stripping laws in the world as it steps up efforts to curb extremist attacks - but the proposed law could run into significant legal hurdles
Sirley Silveira Paixao, an immigrant from Brazil seeking asylum, kisses her 10-year-old son Diego Magalhaes, after he is released from immigration detention in Chicago on July 5, 2018.
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Psychotropic medication is 'pharmaceutical violence' against migrant children and other incarcerated youth throughout the United States. Drug addiction is one consequence.
A protest outside Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre in 2015.
New data shows 73 pregnant women were detained for immigration reasons between July 2016 and November 2017.
The UK government presents itself as a pioneer in tackling modern slavery, but it doesn't allow victims to remain legally in the UK. Time is apt for the system to be overhauled.
While the UK does not indefinitely detain children, there are cases where minors are held – and in extreme cases, separated from their parents.
Villawood Detention Centre, NSW. There are currently 200 asylum seeker children in detention, in Australia and offshore.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Over 200 children are still in asylum seeker detention within Australia and offshore – so why aren't we more outraged about that?