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‘A Future without Immigration Detention?’

SDS is proud to host the conference:

‘A Future Without Immigration Detention?’

26th & 27th of April 2013 at SOAS

SOAS Detainee Support Group supported by the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies are organising the conference ‘A future without Immigration Detention?’ on the 26th and 27th of April at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The conference is primarily aimed at those who already have some understanding, expertise and/or experience with migration and immigration detention, such as ex-detainees, students of migration, immigration law practitioners, members of civil society organizations and academics in the field. We also strongly encourage those with no previous experience of working with immigration detention to take part and get informed. We expect 150 participants who will be asked to pay a registration fee to attend.

The conference will be organised in two parts: On Friday speakers will give keynotes that provides the inspiration and framework for the conference. This will be followed by a variety of creative expressions on the topic. On Saturday, we will focus on the practice of immigration detention and we will discuss the controversies surrounding ‘alternatives’ to detention from a variety of perspectives.  We will end the day with practical workshops which will focus on how individuals, organisations and students can support current efforts towards the end of immigration detention.

Our objectives for the conference are:

•  To consider the roots and current situation of immigration detention in the UK and Europe and to place immigration detention within the wider context of the global migration regime.

•  To give insight into different ‘alternatives’ to immigration detention through lectures, discussions and workshops and to bring to light their limitations and risks.

•  To consider the possibility of a future entirely without immigration detention and other invasive immigration controls.

•  To raise awareness and allow students and other members of the public to educate themselves about immigration detention.

•  To provide a platform for networking and idea exchange between different organizations and individuals who are interested in  working towards an end to immigration detention.

•  To further create momentum and to empower individuals to take action on the topic of immigration detention.


For more information, or to share your ideas, get involved or participate, please contact: sds_conference@soas.ac.uk