Migrant Detention: Stories From the United Kingdom


At present the U.K. has nine detention centres — or ‘immigration removal centres’ (IRCs) — that can detain 3,566 individuals. Unlike the ‘open’ reception centres that are common to other European countries, British IRCs are highly secure, ‘closed’ institutions that resemble prisons, mimicking many of the architectures, security features, and tactics of confinement. Several centres are former prisons and most are operated by prison giants like GEO Group and Serco.