Last Updated 19/02/2015
‘I just wanted to take my Bible, but they wouldn’t let me.’
A detainee interviewed by NI Human Rights Commission Researchers, Our Hidden Borders: The UK Border Agency’s Powers of Detention, page 52
The Medical Justice Network campaigns to improve conditions for people in detention. Their literature gives a sense of how traumatic detention can be:
‘My torture was terrible, but giving birth in handcuffs came a close second.’
Unlike the rest of the UK, immigration detainees used to be detained within the Northern Ireland prison system and this gave cause for concern. Read more
Officials have the right to detain anyone suspected of committing an immigration offence, as well as people in the asylum system. Locally, this may include people who have strayed across the border without the correct visa, or asylum applicants who live in the community. Others are detained if it is felt that their asylum application has little hope of success, or if the person has exhausted all appeal remedies. Read more
People picked up in N Ireland used to be detained within the prison system locally but are now sent to Larne House short-term residential holding unit, Larne, Co. Antrim.